NEWCASTLE, England, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A British Gulf War veteran charged with killing four members of his family headed off a murder trial Monday by pleading guilty.
David Bradley of Newcastle admitted shooting his uncle, aunt and two cousins in the head at close range with a handgun last July, The Daily Mail reports.
Bradley pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility after two psychiatrists testified he was mentally ill at the time of the killings.
The court was told Bradley's heavy use of marijuana might have contributed to his deteriorating mental health.
Bradley had lived with his aunt and uncle, Peter and Josie Purcell, since he was 16.