Psychiatrist says serial killer Michael Ross is mentally competent
Death row inmate Michael Ross was back before a judge Thursday as the courts tried to determine if the serial killer was competent when he dropped all appeals and asked to die. Ross has admitted killing eight women in Connecticut and New York in the 1980s. He waived all appeals asking to be put to death, but his attorney, TR Paulding, claimed there was evidence involving Ross' competency and whether he was competent enough to waive his appeals.Dr. Michael Norko, a state psychiatrist, stood by his earlier finding Thursday that Ross is mentally competent in deciding to forgo further appeals and volunteer to be executed.Norko was the first witness to testify in new competency hearings for Ross, who is scheduled to die by injection May 11 in what would be the first execution in New England in nearly 45 years.