A convicted murderer who tried to subpoena Jesus Christ during his 1995 murder trial will be the subject of a federal appeals hearing in an attempt to overturn a federal ruling denying a stay of execution and funding for a mental health expert.
Scott Panetti was convicted of murdering his former wife's in-laws in 1995. He was sentenced to death. But late last year Panetti, who believes the State of Texas wants to kill him for preaching the Gospel, was granted a stay of execution.
Lawyers will attempt to convince a judge to overturn that federal ruling and have his case sent back to a lower court.
During the trial, Panetti also tried to call John F. Kennedy and the Pope to the stand. He wore a cowboy costume and confessed to the murder in the third person under the personality of "Sarge."
A diverse group of people and organizations that include the American Bar Association, former Congressman Ron Paul, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation and many others have all expressed their support in sparing Panetti from the death penalty.