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WARREN, Ohio - Jury members who convicted a Warren man for the 2011 murder of his parents, listen to the testimony from two psychologists.

The testimony on Thursday is part of the mitigation phase of the trial, that will determine Louis Mann's punishment. Mann faces the death penalty for fatally strangling his mother with a clothesline and beating his father to death. 

Mann's defense asked the jury in its opening statement to consider sending Mann to prison for the rest of his life. They asked the jury to consider what could have sparked Mann's rage in the first place. The defense called Dr. Howard Fradkin to the stand first, to describe whether he believed Mann was sexually abused as boy, allegedly by his father.

"With a reasonable degree of psychological certainty, I would tell you that Louis Mann was sexually abused by his father," Dr. Fradkin says.

But prosecutors questioned Dr. Fradkin's credibility in coming to that conclusion.

They questioned why he never researched if any police reports were filed in relation to child abuse, why he didn't interview any of Mann's relatives and pointed out, that among Mann's past 100 visits to hospitals, Mann never disclosed he suffered sexual abuse as a boy.

Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Gabriel Wildman questioned why Dr. Fradkin mentioned at the beginning of testimony, he was "honored to be here to help someone who's facing the death penalty."

On Friday, the jury will listen to testimony from a minister who has spent time with Mann.

 

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