Georgia's Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and death sentence for a man convicted of killing a Macon County bank vice president in 1999.
The court ruled that Artemus Rick Walker was probably incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness.
They said the lawyer who represented him at his 2002 murder trial failed to present evidence about his mental illness that might have prevented the conviction.
On May 12, 1999, the court's summary said Walker stabbed Lynwood Ray Gresham 12 times, in the chest and back, outside Gresham's home. Walker hired a second man to help him rob and kill a "rich" man, the summary said. After the pair rode their bikes to Gresham's home, the second man refused to stab Gresham himself.
Friday's ruling upheld a 2009 ruling in Butts County, where the state's death row is located.