The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a new review of Michael Overstreet‘s appeal. The man sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Franklin College freshman Kelly Eckart, of Boggstown, claims he is not mentally competent to be executed. The sentence was affirmed earlier by a federal appeals court.
Eckart was an 18-year-old freshman at Franklin College. On September 27, 1997, she left work at Walmart, met briefly with her boyfriend and drove towards her home in Shelby County. That was the last time she was seen alive. The next morning, her car was found abandoned in a rural area, with its lights on and keys in the ignition. Four days later, the partially nude body of Kelly Eckart was found in a ravine in Brown County.