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.