On November 28, 2001, in Chester County, South Carolina, police made a grisly discovery. Joe Pittman, 66, and his wife, Joy, 62, had been brutally slain with a .410 shotgun and their house set afire with the bodies inside. Their black Nissan Pathfinder was missing. So was their 12-year-old grandson, Christopher Pittman. What had become of the boy? Was he still alive-and if so, for how long? The clock was ticking and time was running out.
Christopher was found safe and sound in a neighboring county. But relief turned to suspicion as he told an improbable tale of a black man who'd killed his grandparents and kidnapped him. Eventually, Pittman confessed to the slayings and to fleeing in the SUV. In February 2005, he was tried as an adult. Defense lawyers claimed Pittman had been unhinged by the prescription drug Zoloft. It would be up to a jury to decide whether the boy who killed would have to face a man's punishment.
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The horrifying true story of Christopher Pittman, who was found guilty of murdering his grandparents in cold blood when he was just twelve years old-and was sentenced to thirty years in jail. This case was seen on Court TV, 48 Hours, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America.From the Inside Flap:
Chilling Confession of a Twelve-Year-Old Killer BR "I called my grandparents yesterday to come to the school. The vice principal said he wanted to talk to them. Because the day before, that boy on the school bus said I choked him.
"We got home about two o'clock or two-thirty. They told me they was going to lock me in my room. They locked me in there until about eleven-thirty. My grandpa said if I came out, he was going to beat me with the paddle.
"When they went to bed, I waited about ten minutes. I got the shotgun out of the cabinet. I took it in my room and loaded it. I took a box of shells from the cabinet. I put three in it. Jacked one and put another one in. I went in their room. I just amied at the bed. I shot four times. I turned the light on. My granddad's feet were hanging over the bed. My granddad's face was to the side. My grandmother was facing the closet. Her legs were in the bed. I picked up the shell casings. I threw them in the door of my room. "Then I got some guns. I got a Ruger twenty-two from the gun safe. I got the four-ten out of the gun safe closet. I had laid it on the sofa. I got 2 twenty-two rifles and my forty-five. Then I loaded up my dog, CHrisdee, and I put him in the passenger's seat.
"I backed out. Then I turned the lights on. I drove..."
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