Jury Rejects PTSD Defense, Finds Iraq War Vet Guilty Of Murdering Girlfriend
TORRANCE (CBSLA.com) — A 28-year-old Iraq War veteran was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in stabbing death of his then-girlfriend.
Jurors deliberated for just over a day before finding Tymarc Warren guilty in the 2011 murder of 22-year-old Eileen Garnreiter.
On the night of the murder, Garnreiter had reportedly told Warren she was going to leave him because of his mood swings and the way he treated her and their infant-daughter, according to testimony.
Warren, who served two tours of duty in Iraq while in the U.S. Army, blamed his actions on post-traumatic stress disorder, claiming that he zoned out that night.
But the jury didn’t wasn’t convinced.
“Shame on him for hiding behind the military. Shame on him for blaming the military,” the victim’s mother told CBS2′s Dave Lopez. “Justice was served … two and a half years of waiting for justice.”
Members of Garnreiter’s family wanted to talk with the jury but they left without saying a word. Some jurors left in tears.
Garnreiter’s child, now 3, is being raised by her grandparents.
“The baby will be fine. She knows her mommy. She will always know about her mommy … what a wonderful, wonderful mommy she had even if it was only for five weeks,” the victim’s mother said.
Warren faces 26 years to life in prison when sentenced.