California executes mentally ill Vietnam veteran – Manny Babbitt

Manuel Pina, commonly known as Manny Babbitt, was born on May 3, 1949. he was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who was convicted of the murder of a 78 year old woman, Leah Schendel, during a burglary in Sacramento, California in 1980.

Babbitt was diagnosed with a post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. He soon became homeless. In 1980, he broke into the home of 78 year old Leah Schendel, assaulted her and stole some food as well as some of her belongings. Schendel died of a heart attack. He laid a mattress over her and toe tagged her.

Babbitt said that he was having a Vietnam War flashback. During the sentencing phase of the trial, James Schenk, Babbitt’s defence lawyer, did not introduce any evidence of Babbitt’s mental illness to the jury, prompting him to later say that he “failed completely” during this crucial phase of the trial.

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