Defense presents case in Levi King trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/14/09

Defense presents case in Levi King trial

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The defense began its case on Monday in the Lubbock trial of the Missouri man who confessed to killing members of a Pampa family. 

Levi King, 27, shot and killed Brian Conrad, his pregnant wife Michell, and her teenage son Zach in September 2005. Michell's daughter was the only survivor.

A jailer from the Hemphill County jail testified that King was well behaved and she told the jury that King is a deep thinker, humorous and likeable. She said he seemed to take his charges seriously, and he was usually reading a book or in deep thought.

The jailer testified that King seemed like everyone else.

Letters from King's mother were read in court on Monday.  One line of a letter stated "I'm sorry for deserting you when you needed me the most." He wrote back to his mother "It took my life being reduced to nothing to see what I had."

The prosecution argued that looks can be deceiving and you can't always tell what's going on in someone's mind.

Also called to the stand by the defense was a woman from the Missouri State Public Defender's office. She investigates defendants facing the death penalty to see what their life has been like in the past to lead them to where they are today.  She told the jury that when she first met King, his sentences didn't make sense and he spoke in riddles.  She said she found evidence of mental illness in his medical history.

The prosecution argued that the witnesses' sole purpose is to help defendants avoid the death penalty.

Monday's testimony ended with jurors watching a videotaped deposition from a jail cook in Missouri. King worked in the kitchen during his time in prison in Missouri.

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