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Jurors Told Killer Suffers From Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Alcohol

Jurors Told Killer Suffers From Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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 , 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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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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