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Appeals court rules convicted cop killer cannot be put to death

Kevan Brumfield (Source: WAFB) Kevan Brumfield (Source: WAFB)
Betty Smothers (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department) Betty Smothers (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A convicted cop killer is off death row after a ruling by an appeals court judge.

A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge upheld a federal court decision that Kevan Brumfield is mentally handicapped and cannot be put to death.

Brumfield was convicted in the 1993 killing of Betty Smothers Dunn, a Baton Rouge police officer and the mother of NFL player Warrick Dunn.

After his conviction, his defense claimed he was mentally handicapped, protecting him from execution.

Originally, a state judge ruled Brumfield was not mentally deficient and could be put to death, but a federal judge overturned that decision.

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