Should convicted killer get psych help?

April 4, 2008 11:05:11 AM PDT
In a bid to spare the life of a convicted murderer, defense attorneys have presented testimony that the 24-year-old man suffers from two disorders and could get better with treatment. Neuropsychologist Pedro Ferreira testified Thursday that Shannon Johnson has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an antisocial personality disorder.

Johnson was found guilty last week in the September 2006 fatal shooting of Cameron Hamlin in Wilmington. Johnson also was convicted of shooting and wounding his former girlfriend, his child's mother.

Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments Friday, then begin deliberating. Their sentencing recommendation of either death or life in prison will be considered by Superior Court Judge M. Jane Brady.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,