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Defense says killer had 'particularly bad' childhood


Last updated 3/26/2009 at Noon

When Defense Attorney Wilfrid Rumble presented his case in the trial of Jason Duane Cooper on Monday, March 23, in Vista Superior Court, the focus was on Cooper’s “traumatic” childhood that he said included abandonment, abuse, losses and bullying.

Cooper is charged with the April 26, 2006, murders of his 53-year-old mother-in-law, Robyn Liebner, and 16-year-old sister-in-law, Jenna Liebner. He has claimed that he is not guilty by reason of insanity.

“His childhood was particularly bad,” said Dr. Clark Clipson, a clinical and forensic psychologist. “Those [type of] environments...

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