An expert of fetal alcohol syndrome testified Monday, claiming convicted killer Mark Anthony Soliz has brain damage from fetal alcohol syndrome as a result of his mother’s drinking during pregnancy. According to Star-Telegram.com , the plea was made to the court in hopes to keep the death penalty off the table. He was convicted of 2 capital murders, and his attorney hopes to get life in prison without possibility of parole, rather than death because of his disability.
Soliz has a number of physical and emotional traits typical with fetal alcohol syndrome, including head, eye, and hand abnormalities, learning disabilities, and problems with the law. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome expert testified that Soliz’s mother admitted to heavy drinking, sniffing paint, and doing cocaine while pregnant. She admitted to consuming 32 drinks in a weekend in addition to the drugs, while carrying her child.
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