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Defense begins in capital murder trial of man accused of triple homicide

Friday, March 14, 2014 6:39 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 15, 2014 2:16 AM
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Adrian Hargrove’s defense team began laying out their case Friday in hope of convincing the jury to find Hargrove guilty but mentally ill.

Hargrove, 36, is standing trial in Richmond County Superior Court in the Feb. 9, 2008, slayings of 18-year-old Allyson Peder­son and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley.

After four days of bringing in witnesses and physical evidence tying Hargrove to the brutal slayings, Dis­trict Attorney Ashley Wright rested the state’s case Friday morning.

Lead defense attorney Newell Hamilton told the jury Monday in his opening statement that Hargrove wasn’t contesting his guilt. The defense team contends that a childhood filled with violence left Hargrove with post-traumatic stress and schizoaffective disorders.

Several of Hargrove’s relatives told the jury Friday what they saw of his life growing up with a father described as a violent alcoholic.

Priscilla Hargrove Allen said Hargrove’s father, Steve Hargrove, “turned out to be like my daddy, a violent drunk who beat his wife,”

Hargrove’s mother and father fought by hitting and punching after they started drinking, and they drank most days, Margie Hargrove Oglesby said.

She said Hargrove was often left with his grandparents. Oglesby said she and her mother tried to make up for the lack of parenting.

Hargrove’s cousin, Teresa Leverette, testified that she spent a lot of time with him growing up. She spent most weekends at her grandparents, too. He was odd as a child, she said. He would talk to himself and sit and stare into space. He never played games with the other children because he could never follow the rules, Leverette said.

Hargrove’s father was killed by a law enforcement officer July 4, 1997, and his grandmother, who was rushed to the hospital that night, died a week later. Hargrove was hysterical, Leverette said.

“He didn’t care about anything anymore. He really lost it,” she said.

But Hargrove’s mother, Linda Maxwell, testified that he had a good childhood. She called herself a good mother who shielded her son from his father’s violence, fed and clothed him and cared for him.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/14/14 - 07:39 pm
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Many people have
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miserable childhoods, but don't become serial killers. Rid America of one of obama's followers.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/14/14 - 10:15 pm
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"It's not my fault, it's my

"It's not my fault, it's my parents' fault that I slaughtered 3 people."

Sure.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/14/14 - 10:16 pm
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"Even though I'm 36 years

"Even though I'm 36 years old, it's still my parents' fault."

Pops
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Pops 03/14/14 - 10:39 pm
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The question

is......what was the relationship with the victim and the monster.......? Was this a random act? Did he know right from wrong or did he try to cover his tracks? From what I have read about this case, we are dealing with a feral beast, drugged up and killed a young lady that was probably carrying his child.....premeditated murder.....execute this thing and let him go to hell.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 03/15/14 - 11:24 am
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The childhood might not be his fault..

But it is his responsibility.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/15/14 - 12:13 pm
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I don't care if he was raised

I don't care if he was raised by wolves. He killed 3 people and needs to be executed or at least given life without the possibility of parole.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 03/15/14 - 01:32 pm
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His mother is nuts

The defense puts on their case and the mother refutes it - how can a mother not take responsibly for what must have taken place in this home - whatever happened - kill this man for killing others.

brewert
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brewert 03/15/14 - 02:01 pm
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Monster

The baby was NOT his

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/15/14 - 02:03 pm
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It's always someone else's fault when these animals kill someone. Millions of kids grow up with lousy childhoods that don't go out and slaughter three people. You can bet he's committed other crimes he's never been held accountable for. This murder warrants the death penalty or they may as well take it off the books.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/15/14 - 04:51 pm
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He wasn't too mentally ill to

He wasn't too mentally ill to ingest cocaine and then go kill 3 people.

He was a druggie, on a drug high. Who knows why he killed those 3 people?

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raul 03/15/14 - 07:54 pm
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Lots of kids have bad

Lots of kids have bad childhoods, but don't go out and murder people. Thumbs down.

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