January 10, 2006

Jury Seated In Case Of Alleged Geoghan Killer


WORCESTER, Mass. -- A jury was seated Tuesday to hear the case of a prison inmate accused of killing John Geoghan, the convicted pedophile priest at the center of the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston.

The final member of the jury of 10 men and six woman was selected Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Joseph Druce, clearing the way for opening arguments on Wednesday morning.

Druce allegedly beat and strangled Geoghan in August 2003 after sneaking into his cell and jamming the door shut. Druce, who claims he was sexually abused as a child, later bragged to investigators that he did it to "save the children."

Druce, 40, is already serving a life sentence for murdering a man who allegedly made a sexual advance toward him after picking him up hitchhiking.

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2006 04:12 PM