A 22-year-old convicted killer claims that he played Grand Theft Auto just before murdering two housemates in 2005.
As reported by the Fayetteville Observer, James Christopher Stitt is waiting to learn whether he will be executed or face life in prison for the gruesome double slaying. Stitt told a psychiatrist that he played GTA until 4 a.m. and then committed the killings. The psychiatrist, Dr. Moira Artigues, testified:
He went in and killed George and Jenna in a state where he was like an automaton, not in control of his actions at the time.
The newspaper report notes:
[Dr.] Artigues... did not suggest that there was a connection between the video game and the murders.... Artigues said Stitt seems at times to live in a fantasy world and she wasn’t even sure that the version of the murders he described to her was the truth. He told a different story — in which Grand Theft Auto wasn’t mentioned — to his girlfriend, according to earlier testimony.
Courtroom testimony also revealed that the convicted murderer had an extremely troubled childhood.