Murderer Tries GTA Mitigation to Avoid Execution

Pol Pot probably played Donkey Kong.

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GTA - makes us want to freaking kill!
GTA - makes us want to freaking kill!
He maybe accused of double murder, but James Christopher Stitt knows a good mitigation when he sees one. Accused of murdering two of his housemates - George Katsigiannis and Jenna Bologna - in February 2005, Stitt said he was 'playing Grand Theft Auto until 4am on the day of the murder".

That's Grand Theft Auto in 2005.

Here's what else the defence produced according to Fay Observer newspaper:

"Stitt was separated from one or both of his parents through most of his youth. He struggled in school — having to repeat several grades — and got in trouble for angry outbursts with teachers and students. He dropped out, around age 15, in the eighth grade.

"Stitt’s father kicked him out around age 15 or 16 because he had been stealing from family members.

"(Psychologist Dr Moira) Artigues testified that Stitt could be diagnosed with disrupted attachment disorder and childhood trauma disorder. People with these disorders have flawed development in parts of their brains, she said, which makes it hard for them to control their emotions, control their impulses or foresee the consequences of their actions.

"Stitt does well in structured environments with limited stimulation, such as prison."

Now, here's the headline from the paper: 'Killer Stitt was immersed in video game'.

Dr Artigues (' the last witness Stitt’s lawyers put on the stand Tuesday in their bid to save him from execution') actually, "did not suggest that there was a connection between the video game and the murders".

Not good enough for the mainstream media, which feels the need to add, "Critics of the Grand Theft Auto video game series — in which the player assumes the role of a violent criminal — allege that extensive game-play can contribute to real-life violent behaviour."

The real zinger is, however, than in earlier testimony (e.g. prior to the hyped release of GTA IV) Stitt, "told a different story in which Grand Theft Auto wasn’t mentioned".

Source... if you really must... The Fay Observer

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Comments

n 14 May 2008 16:41
1/6
what a s**t story.
n 14 May 2008 16:43
2/6
Did you steal it from MCV?
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Tim Smith 14 May 2008 16:59
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n wrote:
Did you steal it from MCV?


Trolls lived under bridges don't live under bridges then.

Thanks for taking the time to comment though.

And no, MCV hasn't run it.

Cheers

Tim
schnide 15 May 2008 10:45
4/6
A serious question - what can be done about this? I'm being serious. Yes, really. There was a piece in the Metro this morning that said playing videogames reduces violence but it was very small and unfortunately I was reading it over someone else's shoulder so I don't have the details.

I appreciate that is pretty much useless information then, unless someone else has a copy of today's edition.
Daniel 16 May 2008 00:42
5/6
I know this guy(james stitt) we is a low life and should have got death he killed 2 of my friends and should die. He is a junkey f**k and i hope he gets raped every night till he dies. Rot in hell you little punk ass bitch. may you burn in hell for the 2 people you took off this earth pussy
Tim Smith 16 May 2008 09:27
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Daniel wrote:
I know this guy(james stitt) we is a low life and should have got death he killed 2 of my friends and should die. He is a junkey f**k and i hope he gets raped every night till he dies. Rot in hell you little punk ass bitch. may you burn in hell for the 2 people you took off this earth pussy


Hi Daniel,

The deaths of both George Katsigiannis and Jenna Bologna must be mourned deeply - and we feel for you especially as they were your friends.

Having looked at some of Stitt's past, however, the fact that his defence decided that a video game was instrumental in the events seems insulting to all concerned.

Would you like to tell us something about George and Jenna to commemorate them?

Regards

Tim Smith
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