Thursday, October 7, 2010

Suspect on trial in Bessemer for quadruple murder

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - A man accused of brutally killing four people in Hueytown, including his ex-girlfriend, is on trial in Bessemer.

Police say Scott Abbott stabbed four people to death in a Hueytown home because one of the victims broke up with him. Abbott has pleaded not guilty because of mental defect.

Defense attorneys put several witnesses on the stand on Thursday morning to speak on Abbott’s mental issues. The defense called two therapists to the witness stand who had evaluated Abbott in the past before the Hueytown murders for which he is accused. The therapists detailed Abbott's mental instability. One said that Abbott had experienced chronic physical and sexual abuse as a child victim of his mother and the child welfare system. Both therapists also say that Abbott had stopped taking his medications when they met with him.

The prosecution rested their case Thursday morning before the defense began. On Wednesday, the prosecution called several of the victim's family members to the stand. They also presented evidence linking fingerprints and bloody shoeprints to Abbott.

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