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11/06/05

O'Kelley Murder Trial Presses On Through Sunday

The jury has been putting in long hours as they prepare to decide if Dorian O'Kelley, the man they convicted of murdering a Chatham County woman and her 13 year old daughter, should live or die.

After sobbing through his father's testimony on Saturday, Dorian O'Kelley entered the Chatham County courtroom much more subdued, bringing his Bible into court. O'Kelley was convicted Thursday for brutally murdering Susan and Kimberly Pittman and setting their home on fire.

During this death penalty phase of the trial, O'Kelley's lawyers have been portraying him as a victim himself. Over the last two days, they called sixteen witness to the stand to testify about O'Kelley's mental problems and childhood neglect.

"I think if we identified two biological mental disorders," Dr. Daniel Nagelberg from Charter Hospital, "they would be bipolar disorder and schizophrenia."

"We saw a very disturbed child who was crying out," explained Elaine Glynn from Coastal Middle School.

His middle school teachers testified O'Kelley was not an average student.

"Ma'am, how were his writings disturbing?" asked the prosecution.

"They were graphic in nature," replied Glynn, "very sexual in nature."

"He was going to A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings for alcoholism. He belonged to a group of satan worshipers and participated in orgies and ritualistic sacrifices," said Eric Godlinger from Coastal Middle School.

"Did you describe Dorian O'Kelley as reminding you of someone else?" the prosecution asked Elaine Glynn.

"Yes, sir," she answered.

"Who is that?" asked the prosecution. "Charles Manson," she stated.

Manson was sentenced to life in prison. The jury will soon decide if O'Kelley should also serve life behind bars or if he should be sentenced to death.

The trial resumes Monday morning at nine. WTOC will have complete coverage of all the day's proceedings starting on THE News at Five.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

 

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