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Federal Court Stops Scheduled Execution Over Mental Disability Claim

iStock/Thinkstock(HUNTSVILLE, Texas) -- A federal court has stopped Tuesday night's scheduled execution of a mentally disabled convict.

A federal circuit court stopped Texas from executing convicted killer Robert Campbell just hours before he was scheduled to die.

The three-judge panel ruled Campbell is a person with mental retardation, and the Supreme Court's already decided states cannot execute someone with that mental impairment.    

One of Campbell's attorneys says Texas prosecutors hid his mental disability.

His lawyer says it's time for Texas to end Campbell's death sentence and change it to life in prison.

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