posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 05:28 PM
Christopher Pittman, 15, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2001 murders of his grandparents and burning down their house. Defense
attorney's lay claim that the anti-depressant drug, Zoloft, clouded the defendants mind and he was unable to distinguish right from wrong at the time
of the murders. The defendant faced a possibilty of life in prison.
The trial was the first case in the United States in which it was argued that the antidepressant led a youngster to kill, Pittman's lawyer said. It
came at a time of heightened government attention to the use of antidepressants by children and growing evidence that the drugs can lead to suicidal
Pittman was 12 in 2001 when he killed his grandparents, Joe Pittman, 66, and Joy Pittman, 62, with a pump-action shotgun as they slept in their rural
home, then torched their house and drove off in their car. He was charged as an adult.
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I feel that this sentence is fair, maybe even too fair. The teenager was just 12 years-old at the time, and on an anti-depressant, but that shouldn't
be an excuse for murder, arson and theft.
His defense attorneys say that he was "involuntarily intoxicated" at the time of the murders.
My question would be, how does an individual that is intoxicated be driven to murder their own grandparents, burn their house down and steal their car
if pre-meditation wasn't involved?