Lawyers Want NC Execution Delay For Man They Say Is Mentally Ill

Lawyers for condemned prisoner Guy LeGrande want a judge to delay his December first execution, in part because he believes he will be pardoned and get three (b) billion dollars from the state.

The attorneys filed the motion yesterday asking that the execution be delayed until the state proves LeGrande can proceed with his case or a hearing is held to determine LeGrande's mental state. The request says LeGrande's psychosis makes him unable to help his attorneys.

But a prosecutor and the relatives of LeGrande's victim argue that LeGrande is not mentally ill. They say he had time to think about his crime during the several hours he spent waiting outside Munford's house.

LeGrande was convicted in the 1993 murder of Ellen Munford.