About the film
schizophrenia texas death penalty death row murder execution mental illness criminal justice system american justice system
Executing the Insane : The Case of Scott Panetti
Release Date: January 01, 2007
|Production Companies||:||The Texas Defender Service, Off Center Media|
|Director||:||Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler|
Scott Panetti was tried for the capital murder of his parents-in-law on September 8, 1992 in Gillespie County, Texas. He was subsequently sentenced to death on September 22, 1995. Panetti has an extensive history of mental illness, including schizophrenia, manic depression, auditory hallucinations and paranoia. Panetti was hospitalized, both voluntarily and involuntarily for mental illness fourteen times in six different hospitals before his arrest for capital murder in 1992. Following his conviction, Panetti’s former wife, and daughter of the victims, Sonja Alvarado, filed a petition stating that Panetti never should have been tried for the crimes as he was suffering from paranoid delusions at the time of the killings.