Joseph Reddy was convicted of aggravated murder of his mother, Gloria, in Ohio state court. Reddy testified to having suffered years of abuse from Gloria, and on December 24, 2007, Gloria, armed with a knife, attempted to throw Reddy out of her home. Reddy refused to leave; in the ensuing fight, Reddy choked Gloria to death.
At Reddy’s trial, his counsel, Harvey Bruner, attempted to mitigate the charge from aggravated murder to voluntary manslaughter. Bruner had Reddy tested by a psychologist who authored a report attesting that Reddy was within the clinically significant range for PTSD. Bruner did not enter the report into evidence, and he only provided the court with the report after the verdict was announced and before sentencing. Reddy was found guilty of aggravated murder and sentenced 20 years to life.
Reddy filed numerous appeals, and after the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio dismissed his petition for post-conviction relief, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit took the case.