Florida sentenced a boy to life in prison for having killed a girl acting out wrestling moves he saw on TV. A Florida Appellate Court has rejected that sentence:
In reversing the 2001 first-degree murder conviction of Lionel Tate, the 4th District Court of Appeal wrote that Tate's ability to assist in his defense, key to determining his competency to stand trial, was clearly in doubt.
"The record reflects that questions regarding Tate's competency were not lurking subtly in the background, but were readily apparent, as his immaturity and developmental delays were very much at the heart of the defense," Judge Barry J. Stone wrote in the opinion.