Defense Says Mentally Ill Man Defended Himself

A defense lawyer says condemned killer Guy LeGrande was too mentally ill to represent himself at his Stanly County murder trial and stood in the way of lawyers trying to help him.

But the county prosecutor says LeGrande appeared to be aware of what was happening and in the end was just angry that he lost the trial.

Both defense attorney Jim Coleman and District Attorney Michael Parker pleaded their cases today to Governor Easley, who has been asked by LeGrande to commute the sentence to life in prison.

LeGrande is scheduled to be executed December first for the 1996 shooting death of Ellen Munford.

In addition to this morning's clemency hearing, the Stanly County branch of the N-double-A-C-P will hold a rally tonight in Albemarle to protest the execution. A statewide rally will be held Saturday afternoon in Raleigh.