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More Witnesses Discuss Matthew Grant's Childhood In Trial

Posted November 16, 2004

— Both sides have presented their case in the trial of a teen accused of shooting a Wake County sheriff deputy.

Grant is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wake County Deputy Mark Tucker. Defense attorneys admit Grant shot Tucker, but it was not premeditated and he should not face the death penalty.

On Monday, the defense presented witnesses that said Grant had a troubled childhood. Among them was Gail Grant, Matthew's grandmother who adopted him as a child. She said she and her husband spent $80,000 of their retirement money for Grant's therapy.

Jean Bolding, Grant's therapist from a wilderness treatment center in Tennessee, testified about his behavior with him.

"I would say he had a full-blown treatment crisis. He ran away, got picked up, put in detention," she said.

Bolding told jurors after Grant escaped from the treatment center, he made progress, but four years ago, when he left the treatment center, she still had concerns about him. She told jurors that Grant described having thoughts of killing other people and getting away with it.

"She (Bolding) told us that Matt was a very disturbed child and that he would need a couple of years of therapy at least," Grant said.

Jurors also heard from a psychiatrist who treated Grant seven times at Dorothea Dix Hospital.

Tamra Brown, Grant's biological mother, testified Friday about the use of drugs, alcohol and abuse was exposed to Grant at an early age.

The jury could get the case by Tuesday.

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