Prosecutor: Home Invasion Killer ‘Chose To Be A Murderer’

By Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire prosecutor says a 21-year-old man who claims he was insane when he helped kill a mother and injure her daughter “chose to be a murderer and not a madman.”

Prosecutor Jeffery Strelzin made the comments during Thursday’s opening statements in the insanity trial of 21-year-old Christopher Gribble.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson Reports

Gribble has acknowledged his role in the October 2009 attack that killed Kimberly Cates and injured her daughter Jaimie, but he claims he was insane.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Gribble’s attorney told the jury that his client had been diagnosed with personality disorders and sociopathic
characteristics. Attorney Matthew Hill called it “a very grim diagnosis” during his opening statement Thursday in Christopher Gribble’s trial.

If Gribble is found insane and dangerous, he would be committed to the secure psychiatric unit of the state prison and his case would be reviewed every five years.

The burden of proof is on the 21-year-old Gribble, whose attorneys must convince jurors he was insane when Kimberly Cates was killed and her daughter severely hurt in a home invasion.

Steven Spader was convicted in November and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the attacks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Acer

    Insane or not.. this boy deserves life in prision at the very least…

  • Julie Miller

    Yeah -let’s not let the system get away with “Revolving Door” tactics. He may well need treatment – but should be institutionalized the rest of his life. The young girl will carry her own chains for a lifetime – and, her mother lost her life.

  • Denise

    Conveniently insane! Who in thier “right mind” would do what he did anyways… I don’t think he was insane I just think he and his friends are all sick SOB’s! I’m sorry when an innocent life is taken I think you should give up the right to have yours! Life in Prison is the only mercy your going to get!

    Now if the freak that killed that little boy gets out and the father kills him! In my mind he is just protecting all the children that might be next! I’ll contribute to his defense fund!

  • ci64

    Who was the dr. who diagnosed him? A family friend maybe….Come on give me a break…

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