The defense attorney for the man accused of killing a woman in Highpoint Towers believes he found a new reason to drop the death penalty.
Back in June of 2011, Twenty-seven-year old Nikkia Sawyer was found bound, gagged, and stabbed 50 times in the chest and the face in her bedroom at Highpoint Towers.
Thirty-one-year-old James Duncan was arrested for the murder.
District Attorney Jack Daneri tells us the brutality of the crime led them to seek the death penalty.
But defense attorney Jamie Mead has found IQ scores for Duncan, saying that his low scores would block Daneri from seeking the death penalty under the Eighth Amendment. That, in part, explains the death penalty can't be forced upon someone who doesn't have the ability to learn right from wrong.