In Texas, the death penalty is practiced.  I think it was Ron White that said, "other states are trying to do away with the death penalty, my state is putting in an express lane!"  Hey, maybe that joke wasn't so far off actually!  As the state is set to execute Marvin Wilson, a man with an IQ of 61 today!

 

 

 

So what does his IQ have to do with anything?

Well, the general competence standard IQ minimum is 70, so with his IQ being 61, it puts him below the mark and basically categorizes him as a man who is mentally impaired.  So his attorneys are hoping this test, that was administered in 2004, will keep him alive today.

But does that really have validity?  Should people with low IQ's be treated differently?  And let's not forget, he could have intentionally did poorly on the test just so he could try and get an appeal!

IQ aside, if you just look at Wilson's background, he looks like a criminal.

Amarillo Globe News reports:

Wilson was convicted of murdering 21-year-old Jerry Williams in November 1992, several days after police seized 24 grams of cocaine from Wilson's apartment and arrested him.

Criminal, or mentally challenged man?  You decide!