Murderer testifies in own defense

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina man who was 12 when he shot and killed his grandparents says he would have taken a potential plea deal if he'd had more information from his attorneys.

Christopher Pittman testified for an hour in Winnsboro during a hearing Friday over whether he should get a new trial.

Pittman says he was not told a jury could find him guilty of murder even if they decided the antidepressant Zoloft clouded his judgment and led him to shoot his grandparents in their Chester County home.

He says his attorney never suggested he would be convicted.

Pittman is now 20 and is serving a 30-year sentence.

He says the deal would have meant a sentence of two to 30 years.

Prosecutors say they never formally offered Pittman a deal.

His trial attorney disagrees.