Psychiatry Expert Testifies On PTSD Defense

Court BuildingAn expert witness called by the prosecution in the Harrisburg, IL, trial of John C. Curtis agrees the defendant has post-traumatic stress disorder, but doesn’t find a connection between PTSD and the shooting death of Toby Jump, 51, on April 4, 2009.  Dr. Terry Killian, a psychiatrist in private practice, testified there is no doubt Curtis has PTSD due to his experiences in the Iraq war, but the condition did not lead Curtis to kill Toby Jump in April 2009.

Curtis, 27, is standing trial on two charges of murder and a weapons charge. State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw contends a verbal argument between Curtis, his friends, Jump and his friends led Curtis to get a gun and open fire, killing Jump.  Defense attorney Morgan Scroggins intends to show Curtis is suffering severe post-traumatic stress disorder and the events immediately before the shooting caused him to believe he was threatened.

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