January 18, 2006

Geoghan trial postponed because of illnesses


WORCESTER (AP) -- Testimony is expected to continue today in the murder trial of Joseph Druce, the prison inmate accused of killing defrocked priest John Geoghan.

The trial was postponed yesterday because Druce's lead lawyer, John LaChance, and one of the jurors hearing the case were ill.

The jury heard testimony last week that Druce confessed to prison authorities that he killed Geoghan because he wanted to (quote) "save the children."

During the first week of the trial, Druce was generally subdued in the courtroom.

But during recesses when the jury was out of the courtroom, he often shouted out his views to reporters. During one break, he yelled out that Cardinal Bernard Law should be "held responsible for crimes against innocent children."

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2006 08:23 AM