Death Row Inmate Wants Sentence Overturned - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/13/06

Death Row Inmate Wants Sentence Overturned

A Lubbock death row inmate is asking a judge to overturn his sentence. Michael Yowell appeared in Lubbock court Monday, seven years after a jury sentenced him to death.

On May 19, 1998, Yowell shot his father, strangled his mother and set fire to their Central Lubbock home. Neighbors were able to pull Yowell's 89-year-old grandmother from the burning house but she died two weeks later. Attorneys are now trying to get the death sentence overturned. Attorney Rick Wardroup says, "The jury didn't get to hear everything they needed to hear to really decide if this is the person they wanted to execute."

Attorneys say Yowell was abusing drugs and alcohol and was having psychotic episodes at the time of the murders. In the original trial, Yowell's medical records were read but attorneys say they would like them interpreted for a jury.

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