Crime

Filmmaker plans movie on Chester’s ‘Zoloft killer’

The 2001 case of a Chester County man who blamed the antidepressant drug Zoloft for the shotgun slaying of his grandparents when he was 12 is coming to the big screen.

“Proverbs,” directed by local filmmaker Terry Davis, began casting for the film in early 2014 and will continue casting starting Sept. 19, according to the South Carolina Film Commission’s website.

The film is based on the story of Christopher Pittman. He was tried as an adult in the slayings of his grandparents when his case went to court in 2005. Pittman was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of killing his grandparents with a shotgun before burning their house down and driving away in their vehicle.

Initially, Pittman told investigators that an unknown black male was the one who killed his grandparents. He eventually admitted to killing them for disciplining him after he got into a fight on the school bus.

Pittman‘s defense lawyers tried to lessen the sentence, arguing that Pittman was unable to reason between right and wrong because he was on the antidepressant drug.

In 2010, Pittman, then 21, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter to receive a reduced sentence.

It was not known Monday when the movie will debut.

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