Christopher Pittman is the poster boy for the kids criminal crowd. At the age of 12 in Chester, South Carolina he took a shotgun and killed both of his grandparents, Joe and Joy Pittman, while they slept. He then set fire to the house, stole their car and drove off.
When he was captured by police he told them that a ‘black man’ had killed his grandparents and set the fire. This must have been the same mysterious black man who killed Susan Smith’s kids but I digress.
Pittman was tried as an adult, convicted of their murder and sentenced to 30 years behind bars. During the trial his defense argued that Pittman was mentally ill and killed his grandparents because of the anti-depressant Zoloft.
What’s usually left out of the story mainly told by the middle-aged hausfraus who defend him is the kid was an anti-social and sometimes violent kid and the night he killed his grandparents was the night he had gotten ‘the belt’ from his grandfather.
Anyway he’s now been granted a new trial on the grounds that he did not receive proper counsel.
Here’s what’s going to happen. He’s going to get off at the new trial. Then it will only be a matter of time before he does something else to land back in jail.
Then we’ll see if the kid criminal crowd will be so quick to defend him again.