PICKENS, S.C. – A woman who shot her daughter and son as they slept belongs in a mental hospital, not prison, her lawyer said, asserting that she suffered from bipolar disorder and paranoia so intense that she had been hospitalized for delusions before the killings.
Suzanna Brown Simpson also shot her husband, who came to the murder trial in a wheelchair, and tried to kill herself by smashing her truck into a tree.
The Greenville News is covering her jury trial in Pickens County, South Carolina. It reports (http://grnol.co/28LBxfu) that a deputy was nearly in tears as he testified Monday about finding the children slain in their beds.
Prosecutors are not pursuing the death penalty. They're aiming for a 30-year sentence in the jury trial.