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Jan 21, 2010 11:21 AM by Vicki Smith, Associated Press

Attorney: Virginia killing suspect had mental problems

An attorney says the man suspected of killing eight people at a home in Virginia had a history of mental problems.

Lynchburg attorney Henry Devening handled legal matters for the family of suspected shooter Christopher Speight (spyt). The owner of a market where Speight worked as a security guard says Speight was worried about his sister and brother-in-law kicking him out of the house where they all lived. The sister and brother-in-law were among the shooting victims.

But Devening says he doesn't understand how Speight could have thought that. He says Speight's sister last week signed a deed putting the Appomattox property in Speight's name.

Devening says Speight had a history of mental problems and ran away from his sister's Georgia home during a breakdown in 2007.

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