NH Murder Suspect Testifies About Killing

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) – Christopher Gribble was back on the stand Tuesday afternoon in his insanity trial.  Gribble was trying to convince a jury he was insane when he killed Kimberly Cates and left her daughter Jaimie to die.

Gribble talked about the beginning of the crime spree with Steven Spader.  They began breaking into the home of a family Gribble knew from church.

Related: New Hampshire’s House votes to expand the state’s death penalty law over Cates’ murder

He read texts he wrote to his ex-girlfriend about his dark side:

“I can’t seem to make it through life the way religion says too (sic). I’ve tried letting my nice side run things. It didn’t work.  Now the dark side of me will…”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

“What life are you talking about?” His ex-girlfriend texted back.

Gribble’s response: “whatever keeps me going.  Steve and I have plans now.”

Gribble then began talking about planning the Mont Vernon murder.  He says he was upset about his breakup with his girlfriend, but they were in the process of reconciling.

He said ring leader Steve Spader told him that he had a “job” and had scoped out a home in a remote area with another friend. Gribble says Spader told him what to bring, including gloves, acetone and rope. He said Spader would text him and refer to it as bringing supplies for a “party.”   He says they planned to meet at Walmart at midnight.

Gribble says he had snuck out with his ex-girlfriend, when he got a text from Spader that they were ready.  Gribble brought some weapons from his home.  He says “the knife was on a sheath that was on my belt.” Gribble bragged about his driving skills, and said he was the one who usually drove.

Gribble later described how they changed into dark clothes.

David Cates, all along, was in the courtroom surrounded by family and friends, listening as he has throughout this trial and the trial of Gribble’s friend Steven Spader.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/15/nh-lawmakers-vote-to-expand-death-penalty/ New Hampshire House Votes To Expand Death PenaltyCBS Boston

    […] A 19-year-old has been convicted of Cates’ murder and sentenced to life without parole. Co-defendant Christopher Gribble’s trial is under way. […]

  • jerry

    This kid is why there should be a death penalty in this country everywhere ,this kid is twisted and diseases like this should be put to death . Instead of putting poor cats or dogs to sleep put jerks like this that kill people to sleep instead .

  • LeeKelly

    I don’t know why we have to waste money on a trial. He should be shot, not given airtime.

  • Mary O Smith

    I am very upset at the detailed coverage this case is being given. The public is not being served with all these horrific details. I do not agree that this kind of news should be given such a high profile on television.

  • Vera Carroll

    POS – bull on the insanity defense. He knows darn well what he did and he thinks it is a big joke. Kill him NOW.

  • Brian

    This is the typical behavior of a person raised by Republicans.

  • Dave Reynolds

    We support the New Hampshire legislature and the Governor’s support of the bill to make home invasion murders punishable by death penalty. Fellow Massachusetts voters should wake up to the possibility of this evil manifesting itself in our state.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/15/experts-question-whether-gribbles-insanity-defens-will-work/ Experts Question Whether Gribble’s Insanity Defense Will Work « CBS Boston

    […] the stand during the second day of testimony Gribble described how he carefully slashed and stabbed the mother and […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/16/gribble-testimony-in-nh-home-invasion-case-continues/ Gribble Testimony In NH Home Invasion Case Continues « CBS Boston

    […] the attacks on Kimberly Cates and her daughter, Jaimie, and said he felt nothing at the time. He expressed pride in how precise his knife blows were and how controlled his demeanor […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/21/gribble-muder-trial-continuing-in-nh/ Gribble Muder Trial Continuing In NH « CBS Boston

    […] trial resumes Monday. Last week, prosecutors returned repeatedly to Gribble’s ability to follow rules when he wanted to and to control his feelings of anger against his mother and […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/25/gribble-murder-trial-jury-reaches-verdict/ Christopher Gribble Murder Trial Jury Reaches VerdictCBS Boston

    […] Mark Katic NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) – A jury quickly found 21-year-old Christopher Gribble guilty of murder Friday in the Mont Vernon home invasion in 2009 that left a mother dead and her daughter severely […]

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