Testimony underway in trial of man accused of killing grandfather - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/14/10

Testimony underway in trial of man accused of killing his grandfather

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By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock man is on trial for the murder of his grandfather.  Back in March of 2008 police accused 40 year old John Kyle Lockard of shooting his grandfather in the head and neck.  R.K. Flippin, 95, died at a home in the 400 block of Vanda Avenue.

Monday was jury selection, and opening arguments.  During testimony Tuesday, Lockard spoke out saying "objection" rather than letting his lawyer raise objections.  Judge Brad Underwood had him removed from the court, and the trial was briefly interrupted. 

Tuesday's testimony revealed that other family members were able to get out of the house after the shooting, but Lockard stayed behind for what was described as a "standoff" with police.  He eventually did come out peacefully. 

Lockard's mother testified saying his grandparents raised her son. She says she does not know why he killed his grandfather.

A forensic psychologist also testified Tuesday, saying that Lockard was discharged from the navy suffering from some sort psychotic disorder not otherwise specified. The psychologist says this means Lockard Lockard has delusions and paranoia.

Later in the trial prosecutors showed evidence including the weapon used and a written and audio statement of Lockard confession to killing his grandfather.

We asked for comment from the family but they refused. We will have more details when the trial resumes tomorrow.

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