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Parker Chamberlin back in court for possible resentencing in murder of his mother

Parker Chamberlin sits in the Kern County Superior Court awaiting his resentencing hearing Feb. 6, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man who stabbed his mother 35 times, killing her as she lay sleeping in her bed, is in Superior Court today after requesting a resentencing hearing.

Parker Chamberlin was 15 years old when he killed his mother, Torie Knapp, a Bakersfield teacher, in 2001.

He received a sentence of 26 years to life for first-degree murder.

A bill that was signed into law in June, allowing a prisoner to return to the court where he was sentenced for a hearing to change that sentence.

The judge will consider factors including his conduct while he's been incarcerated, as well as the status of his rehabilitation.

The resentencing hearing was originally set for Dec. 14, but Chamberlin's attorney requested more time.

Chamberlin’s attorney, Peter Kang, from the Kern County Public Defender’s office, said his client is now a different man, a changed man who is not a psychopath and not a threat to society.

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office disputes that, saying Chamberlin is a dangerous human being and is a threat to society, who is also a master manipulator.

The defense called four witnesses Wednesday morning, including a psychiatrist who evaluated Chamberlin and believes he is no great threat to society.

But upon being questioned by the district attorney the doctor said there is always a chance and his diagnosis cannot be 100-percent certain.

Other witnesses included people who worked with Chamberlin at the prison and said he has been described as a model prisoner.

The court recessed for lunch and the case will resume around 1:45 p.m.

Eyewitness News will have more on this case later today.

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