Parents of the Man Accused of Paralyzing USC Student Testify, Trial Continues Monday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – State Prosecutors rested their case against the man who is accused of paralyzing USC student Martha Childress in the Five Points area of Columbia in October of 2013.

Smith, 22, is facing six state charges including attempted murder in connection with the shooting that paralyzed Childress from the waist down.

The judge asked Smith if he wanted to testify in his own defense, but before deciding, Smith’s defense called his parents to the stand.

His mother, Juanita Smith, was asked about when her son was beat up at a different time from the shooting in five points.

She said, “His entire face was swollen, and he had two black eyes, his lip was busted.”

Smith’s emotional father, Michael Smith, also testified.

Member of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Task Force, Captain Vincent Goggins, said in his testimony that Smith has been a documented gang member since he was 15-years old.

After speaking with his attorney, Smith decided not to testify.

The trial will continue on Monday.

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