Psychiatrist says Sandy Hook parents fear for their lives

Alex Jones' lawyer Andino Reynal gives his opening statement to the jury, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. (Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The parents of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim live with a complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder and a constant fear that followers of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will kill them, a psychiatrist testified Monday at Jones' defamation trial.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, have sued Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems over the harassment and threats they and other parents say they've endured for years while Jones and his Infowars website claimed the 2012 attack that killed 20 first-graders and six school staffers was a hoax or faked.

"The overwhelming cause of their pain is what Jones is doing," said Roy Lubit, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the plaintiffs to review the trauma faced by the parents.

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