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Punishment Phase Begins in Trial of Eric Dimick

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - The punishment phase in the trial of Eric Dimick began Monday morning in the 319th District Court with the 11-year old victim's parents taking the stand.

Last week, jurors found Dimick guilty of aggravated kidnapping, but were deadlocked when deliberating a verdict for the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Dimick is the third and final defendant to go to the trial for the 2012 kidnapping and rape of an 11-year old girl.

The girl's mother took the stand first on Monday, describing her daughter as an outgoing and confident child who was involved in mixed martial arts and jump roping. She said her daughter was a straight-A student who was extremely disappointed after getting her first B in school.

After the incident, however, the 11-year old girl began to suffer from anxiety attacks "that kept getting worse and worse," her mother said, adding that ever since being kidnapped, the young girl wants to carry a Taser around with her.

The girl's father took the stand next, saying that his daughter was a different person after the kidnapping.

After the prosecution rested, the defense called a psychologist to the stand who said Dimick was self-medicating with drugs like meth and synthetic marijuana to treat himself for psychological problems at the time of the abduction. The psychologist added that, when not taking drugs, Dimick would not be a threat to others and could be a productive member of society.

3News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.