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Judge affirms new trial in Zoloft defense case

Nov 30, 2010 7:56:00 AM - thestate.com
A judge has upheld his decision to grant a new trial to a South Carolina man convicted of killing his grandparents when he was 12 years old, then blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for the crime.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that prosecutors may now appeal the decision filed Monday in Chester County court.

The now-21-year-old Christopher Pittman was tried as an adult in the 2001 shotgun deaths of his grandparents in their Chester home. He was convicted in 2005 of murder and sentenced to the minimum of 30 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Roger Young ruled in July that Pittman deserved a new trial because his attorneys didn't pursue a plea deal and focused too much on Zoloft. Prosecutors asked Young to reconsider, arguing that Pittman received a fair trial.