DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A change took place in the courtroom Monday for Steven Wiggins as all eyes are now on his lifestyle although it lies on the line.
Monday marked day two of the penalty period immediately after Wiggins was located guilty on all 10 expenses in the loss of life of Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker.
The protection took a deep dive into Wiggins’ relatives historical past that they mentioned is loaded with sexual assaults and bodily abuse.
The state, on the other hand, performed a disturbing cell phone contact recorded from jail concerning the defendant and his son. In the simply call you listen to Wiggins’ son, who is now 10-years-aged, inform his father that his mother is pregnant. Wiggins then responded, “kick her in the belly.”
The condition hoping to confirm Wiggins deserves the dying penalty, even though the protection hopes for daily life without the need of parole.
Violent and terrifying is how attorneys for Wiggins described his father, who they mentioned abused him when he was still in his mother’s womb.
“Steven Wiggins’ mom was severely overwhelmed by his father even though she was expecting with Steven. Steven started off acquiring crushed by his father prior to he at any time arrived out of the womb and he was born with a destroyed mind. He has a hole in his mind, he has lifeless brain make any difference and you are going to see and hear proof of that in the course of this trial,” Defense Attorney David Hopkins instructed the jurors.
The protection showed pictures of Wiggins’ mind reflecting destruction, they mentioned was from that abuse that allegedly lasted for much more than a ten years. The prosecution questioned the checks done additional than a year following Wiggins dedicated the murder, pointing to long-term meth use and treatment quite possibly hindering the benefits.
For about an hour and a half Monday afternoon we listened to from a mitigation investigator who walked us as a result of Wiggins’ relatives tree relationship back again as early as the 1900s. He painted a image of poverty, abuse, and rape amongst family users.
“He was born into a violent virtually unspeakable surroundings with the organic brain damage on leading of that, there was serious physical sexual psychological abuse inflicted by Steven’s father and once more not chatting about excuses for behavior these are factors you have to give significant thing to consider to in determining what is correct right here,” claimed Hopkins.
All 12 jurors will have to concur in order for Wiggins to get the dying penalty.