Child killer Arthur Gary Bishop is mentally competent to end appeals and seek his execution, a 3rd District judge ruled Thursday.
Judge James Sawaya made the ruling in a written decision, noting that three psychiatrists evaluated Bishop and determined him to be competent."Each testified without exception . . . that at the present time (Bishop), although diagnosed as being a homosexual pedophile and suffering from antisocial personality disorder, is nonetheless competent . . . to make a rational choice and decision to abandon any further legal action in his defense."
Sawaya also noted that Bishop testified on his own behalf during the competency hearing and expressed his agreement with the psychiatrists findings and opinions.
The judge's decision will be forwarded to the Utah Supreme Court, which ordered the mental evaluation after Bishop filed a motion to fire his attorneys so he can end all appeals and be executed for his crimes. The higher court is expected to rule soon on that motion.
Bishop, 38, was sentenced to die in 1984 after being convicted of kidnapping, sexually abusing and murdering five boys from 1979 to 1983.
In January, the Utah Supreme Court affirmed those convictions and sentences, after which Bishop's attorneys filed for a re-hearing. That's when Bishop decided to end the appellate process so he could pay his debt for the murders, according to testimony.