Almost a year after a federal judge set a three-month time line for conducting new competency evaluations of death-row inmate Ronald Lafferty, only two of the three evaluations have been completed.
As attorneys argued legal issues Monday in U.S. District Court, Judge Dee Benson said he was hopeful the competency issue for the 70-year-old Lafferty could be settled this spring.
"My goal which is probably one of the worst met goals since the Chicago Cubs started trying to win a World Series is to move this along," Benson said of the appeal in the 1984 murder case. "I was under the naive impression that we could get this done quickly. ... This is taking forever."