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Lawyers: Talk show guest had sex with victim

Lawyers: Talk show guest had sex with victim

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A "Jenny Jones Show" guest who claimed he was so humiliated when a gay man professed his love for him that he was driven to kill had sex with the victim before the shooting, a jury was told Wednesday.

The victim, Scott Amedure, told two people that he slept with Jonathan Schmitz after the taping, according to testimony.

Amedure's family is suing the show and its distributor, Warner Bros., for $50 million, contending a mentally ill Schmitz was lured onto the show believing he would meet a woman, and became enraged when his "secret admirer" turned out to be Amedure. Three days after the taping, Schmitz - who has said he is heterosexual - killed Amedure with a shotgun.

Schmitz was found guilty of murder in 1996, but his conviction was thrown out on appeal. His retrial is set for Aug. 19.

Lawyers for the show say that Schmitz was told his secret admirer could be a man or woman, and that the show is not to blame for Amedure's death.

Defense attorney James Feeney showed jurors part of a videotaped deposition of Patricia Graves, Amedure's mother. Graves had told reporters after the shooting that her son had said he and Schmitz had "an affair" after the show.

But in her deposition, Graves said she had not taken Amedure's statement seriously. "You had to know Scott to know when he was being up front with you or kidding around," she said.

The defense also played a tape of the deposition of Ronnie Perez, a guest on the same episode. Perez said he and Amedure spoke by phone after the taping.

"All he said was, `I'll tell you something. Can you keep a secret?"' Perez said. "I said `Yeah.' He said, `I slept with Jon."'

Dr. Thomas Gutheil, a psychiatrist at Harvard University also testified Wednesday, saying there was no evidence Schmitz was mentally impaired when he made the decision to go on the show.


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