Serial Shooter victim who suffered stroke takes turn for worse

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PHOENIX -- The Serial Shooter victim who suffered a stroke the day the jury in the trial of suspect Dale Hausner began their deliberations has taken a turn for the worse -- so much so that his family is gathering and preparing themselves.

Paul Patrick survived being shot in the stomach in June 2006, but he was confined to a wheelchair. His mother said he's had all kinds of health problems since the shooting.

Patrick was a fixture in the courtroom throughout Hausner's trial, there almost every day, including the one when Hausner's one-time friend and roommate Sam Dieteman took the stand and admitted to shooting Patrick.

The 48-year-old has been in ICU at St. Joseph's Hospital since his stroke on Feb. 26. His mother believes he pushed himself to hard.

If Patrick does die and it can be proved that the stroke was a result of his being shot nearly three years ago, which his family believes is the case, a legal question comes into play. Can the penalty tied to his shooting be increased?

A legal source close to the case tells 3TV's Mike Watkiss the answer is yes. Will it? That remains to be seen.

In the meantime, Patrick's family is gathering and trying to find a way to get his sister, who lives in Atlanta, here to say what might be her last goodbye.

If you would like to help out the Patrick family you can donate to Bank of America Account #457015407380.

Original Story: Serial Shooter victim suffers stroke on same day jury gets case

PHOENIX -- In an ironic twist of fate, one of the many victims of the accused Serial Shooter -- a man who has been in court nearly every day for the past five-plus months -- may never get his wish to see justice done.

Hausner takes the stand, Patrick reacts (Feb. 2, 2009)
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Paul Patrick, 48, has been forced to use a scooter to get around since he was shot in the gut late one summer night nearly three years ago. He survived the shooting, but his life was never the same.

His mother confirmed to 3TV's Mike Watkiss that Patrick suffered a major stroke Thursday morning, the same day the jury in Dale Hausner's trial got the case began their deliberations.

Patrick, who has been in court more than any other victim or family member, was there when Hausner, the main suspect in the Serial Shooter case, took the stand in his own defense.

"I think it's all pretty much lies," Patrick said of Hausner's testimony. "It just twists my guts. Sometimes it's hard to just sit there."

Earlier in the trial Hausner's one-time friend and roommate Sam Dieteman took the stand and admitted to shooting Patrick.

"He owned up to it," Patrick said. Dale has not. He has gone to great lengths to tear down Sam. He's the only one who stood up in this whole thing."

Patrick's mother said she believes her son, who is now in intensive care at St. Joseph's Hospital, pushed himself too hard. She said he just wanted to see the trial through to the end.

Patrick's exact condition and prognosis were not immediately available.

As Patrick lies in an ICU hospital bed fighting for his life -- again -- the jury is in its second day of deliberations on Hausner's guilt or innocence.

If convicted, Hausner, who has maintained his innocence throughout the trial, could get the death penalty.