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Defense experts claim inmate has a broken brain
By txktoday.com- Field Walsh
Published: 11/13/2017

NEW BOSTON, Texas: Several defense experts testified in the sentencing phase of Billy Joel Tracy’s capital murder trial that the inmate who beat a correctional officer to death in 2015 at the Barry Telford Unit has a “broken brain.”

Tracy, 39, is facing a possible death sentence in the beating of 47-year-old Timothy Davison. Davison was escorting Tracy from an interior recreation room in administrative segregation when Tracy slipped his hand free of his cuffs and punched him in the head, knocking him down. Tracy grabbed Davison’s metal tray slot bar and used it to beat him in the head and face before throwing him down a flight of stairs.

Experts who testified Friday said Tracy suffers from extensive brain abnormalities which make it difficult for him to control his emotions and behavior. Steven Yount, a family practice doctor from Bastrop, Texas, said medical scans including an MRI, PET, and EEG show Tracy suffers from significant damage to an area of his brain responsible for regulating emotion, under direct questioning from Mount Pleasant defense attorney Mac Cobb. Yount said Tracy’s blood work shows he has a low testosterone level which he believes means Tracy will become less aggressive in the future.

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