Compelling Video Played During O'Rourke Concluding Statements - NBC 7 San Diego

Compelling Video Played During O'Rourke Concluding Statements

The prosecution called it a willful, premeditated and deliberate attack interrupted only by acts of valor and a jammed gun



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    The trial of Brendan O'Rourke, the man accused in the Kelly Elementary School shooting, concluded Wednesday with a compelling video.

    On March 6, jurors convicted O'Rourke on seven counts of attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a firearm in connection with the shooting on a Carlsbad school campus on Oct. 8, 2010.

    After the conviction, the case moved into the sanity phase, which concluded Wednesday. Jurors must now decide if he was sane when he shot into the school's playground.

    The decision was put off until Thursday.

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    During the week leading up to it, doctors have testified for and against his sanity. On the final day, a video shows O'Rourke being interviewed by Dr. Park Dietz, a witness for the prosecution.

    In the video, O'Rourke talked about his beliefs of a conspiracy against him, of a satelite radio hovering over him, and how he believed that people at AIG were out to get him. O'Rourke also says he knows the difference between right or wrong, and says the shooting was an accident. He said he was aiming for a tank, not the children.

    "Like if I strained my eye, that ll make [the three visions] look like one person...Then they'll have two others on each side, like real blurry and I would shoot the one in the middle," O'Rourke said in the video.

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    He said he did not see the two girls in his line of fire. He said he told the children to go back to their classrooms, and to get out of the way.

    Dietz said the tape shows he planned the shooting. However O'Rourke's lawyer said his cliet was delusional and paranoid, and his actions that day were the same as someone who acts in self-defense or in defense of others.

    The prosecution called 38 witnesses to the stand in Part 1 of this case, including 11 students, Among the children who testified, the two girls who were wounded in the attack.

    Segura admitted his client is at least guilty of assault with a firearm, but raised questions about whether O'Rourke intended to kill.

    If the jury says O'Rourke was legally sane when he shot the bullets, he will go to prison. O'Rourke faces 103 years in prison if convicted of all charges. If he is found insane, he'll be sent to a state hospital.

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