After family tragedy, Crespi eager to learn about science behind killings

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Kim and David Crespi

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 7:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- These days Kim Crespi is a fixture at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.  She’s busy supporting Anthony Long, who murdered his estranged wife in August of 2007.

"He had a tragedy in Charlotte similar I believe in some ways to our tragedy of seven years ago," said Crespi.

Seven years ago David Crespi, Kim’s husband, brutally stabbed their twin 5-year-old girls Tessara and Samantha to death.

He took a plea and will spend the rest of his life in prison. David Crespi battled depression for years, but the week before the murder his doctor switched him to Prozac. His wife believes the change made him violent.

"Those side effects are very real.  They don't happen to everybody.  There might be more information in the future about who should and should not take them," Mrs. Crespi noted.

Kim Crespi thinks Long might have fallen into the same trap. His attorneys claim he was on a cocktail of anti depressants when he killed his wife.

Crespi is hoping his trial can be a teaching experience.

"I'm learning a lot.  It's an incredibility sad case and they have just started and so I want to sit there very quietly and respectfully learn and understand.  It's part of the educational process," said Kim.

Crespi says she has forgiven her husband and doesn’t care if people don’t understand.

"Now I weekly visit my husband in prison, and we live here with that reality and we hope for a better day.  But it starts with education."

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