An Ohio man is set to be executed on Tuesday over the 1982 killing of his three sons. But supporters of Reginald Brooks argue that he is not mentally competent, and that crucial evidence was not made available at his trial.
66-year-old Brooks (who was in his 30s at the time) allegedly shot his three sons while they were sleeping, shortly after learning that his wife was filing for divorce. The defence team contends that Brooks shot the boy – aged 11, 15 and 17 – after allegedly developing paranoid schizophrenia.
Prosecutors allege that Brooks is competent to be executed and that there have already been enough delays in the case. If, as expected, Reginald Brooks is executed on Tuesday, his will be the first execution in the state for six months.