In August 1984, Ronnie McPeters murdered a 27-year-old aspiring model named Linda Marie Baltazar Pasnick while she was waiting in line at a drive-thru. McPeters leaned into her open window and shot her five times. She died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck. McPeters was arrested later that
day by police. But he denied having anything to do with Linda's death and was found guilty of first-degree murder.
Opinions on Ronnie's mental state differed among experts. One defense psychiatrist said that Ronnie was schizophrenic. Another said that he was psychotic, while a prosecution expert said that he was neither. McPeters was sent to death row, where he began to exhibit strange behavior. He smeared feces on the wall and the floor of his jail cell and on himself and soaked himself in urine, telling a psychiatrist that he was filming a commercial.