“He's one of the most sincere conversions I've seen,” Roy Forsythe testified.
On cross-examination, Forsythe said he believed in redemption for sinners.
Mason's attorneys characterized him as a follower who was easily influenced by his small circle of friends, among them co-defendant Nikolas David Kerr, who pleaded guilty to a lesser crime and received a suspended sentence in exchange for testifying.
Attorney Shawn Jefferson suggested that Kerr influenced Mason's decision to kill Morgan and that Mason didn't act alone.
Mason's mother also took the stand and said she sheltered her son over a 10-year period to protect him from his abusive father.
Lisa Adams tearfully recounted more than two decades of emotional and physical abuse by her husband, Joe Mason, saying he routinely degraded their son and assaulted him when he intervened in their fights.
Adams testified about her son becoming more and more withdrawn as she tried to keep him separated from his abusive father.
“He retreated to his room to get away from the constant abuse,” Adams said. “I made sure he had all the latest (video) games.”
Joe Mason, she testified, badly beat his son in 2008 after she left and Connor Mason would not disclose her whereabouts.
Adams, however, said her son's upbringing did not justify murdering Morgan.
“I am absolutely not justifying what Connor did,” she said. “It breaks my heart.”
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