The presence of low IQ and mental retardation among murder defendants referred for pretrial evaluation.

@article{Dwyer2006ThePO,
  title={The presence of low IQ and mental retardation among murder defendants referred for pretrial evaluation.},
  author={Robert G. Dwyer and Richard L. Frierson},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={51 3},
  pages={
          678-82
        }
}
After an overview of definitions of mental retardation and recent case law regarding mental retardation and the death penalty, this paper presents a study of factors associated with a mental retardation (MR) diagnosis among murder defendants. Subjects with a full-scale IQ< or =70 (n=42) were compared with other pretrial murder defendants (n=228) referred for forensic evaluation over a 5-year period. Subjects with an IQ< or =70 who were diagnosed with MR were compared with subjects with an IQ… CONTINUE READING
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