It’s almost the same trial but this time around a key witness will take the stand. 22-year-old Phillip Littler is relying on his mother’s testimony to help prove that he shot his twin Neal in self-defense.
Thursday on the stand the mother testified about Neal’s violent past. At the age of nine Neal was diagnosed with a manic depressive disorder, suicidal, homicidal thoughts and other mental disorders. He also tried to stab his brother at least twice. She said many pets also died mysteriously while the twins were growing up. The stepfather testified about the time Neal stabbed him seventeen times. Overall the mom said Neal had a fascination with knives.
The prosecution says stories from the two witnesses about the night of shooting didn’t match-up. They’ve relied on forensic evidence saying Phillip knowingly shot his own twin one to three feet away in the face, washing his hands of the blood, then fled the scene.