At least that is what his sister told the jury which holds the power of life and death over her brother:
"I'd say some of it's my parents for not being there to notice signs and get him help," Kristina Martinez said in court Thursday during the punishment phase of her brother’s trial. "I also feel the responsibility was his teachers. He's there most of the day and they didn't get him the help he needed. I definitely don’t think it's Richard’s fault he is the way he is."
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.
The other person charged in connection with the strip club murders, 2004 East Newton High School graduate Timothy Doan Payne, is scheduled to stand trial May 21. Authorities have indicated they will not seek the death penalty.