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Thursday, September 26, 2013

PTSD On Trial: Ark. court asked to throw out veteran's conviction

Ark. court asked to throw out veteran's conviction
Associated Press
By JEANNIE NUSS
September 26, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend told Arkansas' highest court on Thursday that his case never should have gone to trial.

Steven Russell's attorneys told the state Supreme Court that their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and should have been found not guilty because of a mental disease or defect.

Russell, 34, was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole.
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