Supreme Court rejects Arkansas death row inmate's appeal

(October 7, 2003) — (Washington-AP) -- The U-S Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an Arkansas death row inmate. The man has been forced to take anti-psychotic drugs that made him mentally competent to be executed. Charles Singleton argued his constitutional rights were violated. A lower court ruled that the forced medication was constitutionally acceptable because it was part of appropriate treatment for Singleton's paranoid schizophrenia. Singleton wanted the high court to review that lower court's ruling. Singleton was convicted of killing Hamburg grocer Mary Lou York in 1979, stabbing her to death during a robbery. She identified him as her attacker before dying. The high court rejected the appeal yesterday.