May 6, 2013 8:52 PM

Lexington trial begins with son's lawyer citing years of abuse, drugs leading to mother's slaying

When Mark Adam Cave was 12 years old, his mother forced him to beat his disabled father with a bar of soap in a sock, public defender Brad Clark told a jury Monday during opening arguments in Cave's trial. Cave, 29, is charged with murder in the 2011 death of his mother, Sharon Howard.

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