His attorneys, who tried early on to have Neyland found incompetent to stand trial, maintained that he is mentally ill.
"He's deteriorating. He's not getting any better, and the isolation of death row is just going to compound the problem," defense attorney Adrian Cimerman said after the hearing. "He'll be full-blown [insane] before they put any needles in him."
Mr. Cimerman predicted that even if Neyland did not prevail on appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, it was unlikely he would be executed because of his mental state.
"Given the length of time between today and the possible carrying out of the death sentence, it's almost certain he's going to be legally insane by that time and the law is you can't execute the insane," Mr. Cimerman said. "What we're talking about is spending a lot more money and a lot more time and ultimately getting to the same place."
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