WARREN - Attorneys for convicted killer Louis Mann will use testimony from two Columbus attorneys - one of whom was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show - to try to convince jurors to spare their client's life.
Mann, 33, was convicted by the same jury Thursday of murdering his parents two years ago and then siphoning money from their bank account before using the money for crack cocaine, motel rooms and a prostitute.
Testimony during the trial and direct remarks from defense attorney Greg Meyers indicated Mann was sexually abused by his father, leading to years of rage that triggered the double murder on Jefferson Street S.W.
Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk testified how Mann strangled his mother, Frances M. Mann, 53, with a clothesline and shot his father, Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, with a .22-caliber rifle after beating him to death with a flashlight Sept. 30, 2011.
The coroner also singled out defensive wounds on the father's right hand and crushing wounds in which the blows from either of two flashlights practically took off two of his fingers. The coroner called Mr. Mann's murder a case of overkill.
The defense will now use testimony from Dr. Howard Fradkin to try to mitigate the conviction and convince jurors to recommend a life sentence in prison rather than execution. The panel can opt for death or life with no parole, or parole after 25 or 30 years after hearing testimony beginning Thursday and starting their deliberations Oct. 28.
Fradkin is a renowned expert on male survivors of sexual abuse, having authored articles on the subject and a co-chairman of MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery for more than 850 male victims.
Fradkin's first book, ''Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive,'' was published last year, and in November of 2010, Fradkin was one of the experts on Winfrey's two shows exploring how 200 male sexual abuse survivors managed their lives after the trauma early on in their lives.
Testimony also is expected from Dr. Bob Stinson, president elect of the Ohio Psychological Association.
Stinson, also an attorney, has full clinical and special forensic hospital privileges at Twin Valley Behavioral HealthCare in Columbus.
Prosecutors will be trying to convince jurors that aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating factors for the murders that might be presented by the doctors. They say Mann was an opportunist who murdered the parents for their money and after they took him in days earlier after he was released from jail.