January 23, 2006

Former priest's alleged killer testifies about childhood abuse


WORCESTER, Mass. Joseph Druce is expected to back on the stand this morning when his murder trial resumes in Worcester Superior Court.

Druce is charged with the August 2003 killing of convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan at the Sousa-Baranowski state prison.

Druce took the witness stand Friday, describing years of childhood sexual and physical abuse that his attorneys say triggered an uncontrollable rage.

Druce referred to killing Geoghan only once during his hour-long testimony. He said his anger was triggered when he overheard the defrocked priest talking to other inmates about molesting boys.

Posted by kshaw at January 23, 2006 08:30 AM