Stewart trial continues with more testimony
Any idea that Robert Stewart was an unguided missile when he brutally took the lives of eight people inside the Pinelake Health And Rehabilitation Center two years ago vanished yesterday when witnesses testified how the burly Mass-murderer pinpoint ted his victims. Jerry Avant, a male nurse engaged to be married, was one of those shot multiple times. Stewart’s former wife, Wanda Neal, described to jurors how she loved her elderly Pinelake Patients, calling them Grandma and Grandpa, sometimes Ma and Pa. That did not please Stewart, who she said was abusive and controlling. The first thing Stewart did when he arrived at Pinelake was to shoot up his ex-wife’s car in the parking lot. Then the 47-year-old Monster blasted at close range with his 12-guage shotgun the Grandmas and Grandpas his ex-wife, adored, helpless in their wheelchairs. Jerry Avant’s wounds were described in detail as typical of the horror Stewart visited on his victims. Avant was shot once in the back and once in the thigh from about six feet away, and a third time in the left thigh from less than two feet away. An autopsy performed on Avant showed that buckshot broke Avant’s left femor and fractured his pelvis. A lead ball punctured his diaphragm. Lawyers representing Stewart claim he doesn’t remember his actions because he was in a hypnotic state while under the influence of drugs. The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case against him this week. He is charged with murder one. The state wants Stewart put to death.