Botched Plea Leads To Retrial In Zoloft Murder Case

Law360, New York (July 28, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT) -- A state judge has ordered a new trial for a South Carolina man whose attorneys said the antidepressant Zoloft caused him to shoot his grandparents and set fire to their home in 2001, when he was 12.

South Carolina Circuit Judge Roger Young on Tuesday vacated two murder convictions for Christopher Pittman, saying his lawyers made several errors in his trial, including botching a plea deal that could have reduced his sentence.

The judge said the defense team failed to inform Pittman, now 21, of the...
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