The attempted murder trial of Marshalltown resident Terry Hunt ended Thursday with a conviction on that count and one count of assault.
The question before the jury is whether Hunt acted with specific intent to kill his mother during an assault that took place in January 2008. The jury deliberated for less than three hours. The assault resulted in severe bruising of the victim, but no broken bones.
During testimony Thursday, Dr. Dan Rogers, a clinical and forensic psychologist from Fort Dodge, said Hunt has substantial damage to his left temporal and frontal lobes in the brain, which may help explain his impulsive and aggressive behavior.
The defense argued that Hunt's mental issues are a reason why he should not be found guilty of attempted murder. The prosecution argued he was able to manipulate his mother, which shows he had the ability to reason and make decisions.