Condemned inmate claims mental issue, refuses test

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Kentucky's longest-serving death row inmate is claiming he has a mental disability, but refusing to be tested at the state's prison psychiatric ward.

Karu Gene White, 54, has declined to cooperate with two scheduled mental exams and his attorneys have advised him to say no to a third examination.

Attorneys Kevin McNally and Margaret O'Donnell want White examined by a private psychiatrist with the state picking up the tab.

The fight over which doctors can conduct a mental exam and if the state should pay for a private doctor has been lingering since White first raised it in 1984.

With the entering its third decade, state prosecutors are pushing for a judge to send him for a mental exam at the state facility or bring the claim to an end.

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