US jury finds that antidepressant did not cause boy to kill his grandparentsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7489.438-b (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:438
- Jason Cato, reporter for the Herald in Rock Hill
- Charleston, South Carolina
A jury has rejected a claim that the antidepressant sertraline caused a boy to kill his grandparents with a shotgun.
Christopher Pittman was aged 12 in November 2001 when he shot his grandparents in their heads as they slept. He then set fire to the house and fled in a family car. Now 15, he spent three years in a juvenile jail after his criminal trial was delayed when different lawyers and a new judge became involved. Christopher was tried as an adult in Charleston, South Carolina, and was sentenced last week to 30 years' imprisonment. He could have been …