Tues. 8:10 pm: Andre Williams’ Atkins hearing resumes

WARREN – The court-ordered psychiatrist who interviewed convicted killer Andre Williams last March testified Tuesday he didn’t believe the man could be classified as intellectually disabled.

The hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay, which began in November, will determine whether Williams is intellectually disabled and thus constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty.

Dr. Thomas Gazley of the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio Inc., took the stand for six-and-a-half hours Tuesday. Gazley said he administered wide-range achievement tests in which the inmate scored above 75 in three of four categories.

“The scores are reported in the same manner as IQ tests so they can make good comparison,” Gazley said.

Williams, 49, was sentenced to death for the Feb. 17, 1989, beating death of George Melnick, 65, of Warren, and the beating, blinding and attempted rape of Melnick’s wife, Katherine. He has lost a series of appeals in an effort to get off death row.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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