A Mississippi man was sentenced to life with out parole for fatally taking pictures his ex-girlfriend contained in the Walmart the place she labored as an optometrist.
William Thomas “Tommy” Chisholm was discovered responsible of capital murder within the killing of Dr. Shauna Witt after simply 26 minutes of deliberation on Friday, The Business Dispatch reported. Witt ran the attention clinic at Walmart Imaginative and prescient Heart in Starkville, and was seeing a affected person who introduced alongside her 4-year-old daughter when Chisolm entered the shop in January 2018.
Worker Kaylace Beatty Dorman testified that she tried to open a door to allow Witt to flee, however she didn’t make it, the newspaper reported.
“I bear in mind listening to pictures,” Dorman informed the court docket. “I bear in mind her, Dr. Witt, and I used to be considering, ‘She’s going to get away,’ after which I noticed her getting hit.”
Protection legal professional Mark Cliett had requested the jury to contemplate discovering the 44-year-old Kosciusko man not responsible by purpose of madness, however the witness he referred to as to talk about Chisholm’s psychological capability, Dr. Jennifer Carroll, was dominated unqualified to testify as a result of she’s a licensed skilled counselor, not a psychologist.
“I feel the theme of my argument is usually issues don’t work out,” Cliett mentioned. “I imply generally, in life, in relationships, on this trial, typically issues don’t work out.”
The optometrist’s household requested prosecutors to not pursue the dying penalty, to acquire justice as quickly as potential, in accordance with District Legal professional Scott Colom.
“Shauna’s motto for her life was ‘Select pleasure,’” a household spokesperson, Bo Oswalt, mentioned after the decision. “If you recognize something about pleasure, it’s a long-term factor. … We now have chosen to decide on pleasure over these final three and a half years.”