Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rebuttal Begins in William Robinson

In Stanly County, the state began rebuttal in the guilt phase of State v. Robinson.

Robinson presented evidence that his mother drank throughout her pregnancy and that both his father and mother have extremely low IQs. Robinson himself has borderline intellectual functioning. This had a major impact on Robinson's brain, resulting in a very low functioning adult. Robinson's lawyers have argued that Robinson did have the capacity to form the requisite intent to commit first degree murder.

The state has begun putting on state-paid experts who, while acknowledging Robinson's low function, state the belief that he could form the required intent.

If convicted, Robinson could face the death penalty.

Press here and here.

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