Timeline of events in Pittman case
Nov. 29, 2001: The bodies of Joe Frank Pittman and Joy Roberts Pittman are found in the burned ruins of their home, and it is discovered that their 12-year-old grandson, Christopher Pittman, is missing, along with a family car. The boy is later found in Cherokee County and claims he was kidnapped by a black man who killed his grandparents. Around 5 p.m., police say Christopher confesses to the killings.
Dec. 9, 2001: The Herald first reports the family's belief that the antidepressant Zoloft caused Pittman's violent behavior.
June 27, 2003: Family Court Judge Walter Brown decides Pittman will be tried as an adult, citing the seriousness of the crime and likely inability of the boy to be rehabilitated.
Feb. 2, 2004: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration holds an advisory panel hearing to explore possible dangers posed to some children taking antidepressants. More than 60 people testify, including Pittman's maternal grandmother, Del Duprey, and his father, Joe D. Pittman.
Sept. 13, 2004: -- An FDA advisory panel recommends the agency warn doctors and patients that antidepressants can cause some children to become suicidal.
Oct. 15, 2004: The FDA rules that all antidepressants will now come with warnings to alert doctors and patients about the possibility that the drugs can cause some patients to become suicidal.
Jan. 31, 2005: Trial begins in Charleston.
Feb. 15, 2005: The jury finds Pittman guilty after deliberating for parts of two days. Circuit Court Judge Daniel Pieper sentences him to two concurrent 30-year sentences.
Feb. 25 and 26, 2005: Pittman's attorneys ask for a new trial and ask the judge to reduce the sentencing saying it is excessive and unconstitutional.
March 28, 2006: Pittman's attorneys file a motion asking the S.C. Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.
April 6, 2006: A judge rules that Pittman won't have to go to adult prison for six months or until after the S.C. Supreme Court hears his appeal.
Oct. 5, 2006: S.C. Supreme Court hears Pittman's appeal for conviction to be overturned.
Oct. 12, 2006: Pittman is transferred to adult prison after having lost a motion to the S.C. Supreme Court and a request to the governor to delay the 17-year-old's transfer from a juvenile detention center.
June 11, 2007: The S.C. Supreme Court upholds the murder conviction of Pittman.