Fourth day of hearing to determine trial of Townville shooting s - FOX Carolina 21

Fourth day of hearing to determine trial of Townville shooting suspect

Posted: Updated: Feb 16, 2018 11:35 AM
Dr. Ernest Martin testifies on the stand (Pool) Dr. Ernest Martin testifies on the stand (Pool)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The state rested its case Friday in the pre-trial hearing to determine if the teen accused in the deadly Townville Elementary School shooting will be charged as an adult or a juvenile.

The state presented 20 witnesses over the course of four days. Deputies, FBI agents, first responders, forensics specialists, and mental health professionals testified about their involvement in the case and with the suspect.

The defense began laying out their case by calling Dr. Ernest Martin.

Martin is the defendant’s treating doctor and psychiatrist.

Martin testified that the teen told him he had suffered both mental and physical abuse from his father.

Martin said the teen also told him he had been bullied on the Townville Elementary School playground.

Through his testimony, the doctor described incidents where the teen was having audio and visual hallucinations (including seeing his father), nightmares, some symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress, but showed no "significant signs of remorse."

Martin testified that the suspect asked questions about the well being of the people he shot. The defense questioned if this was a way the suspect was showing remorse while prosecutors asked if this was because the suspect wanted to known how successful he had been.

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