January 23, 2006

Druce describes thoughts leading up Geoghan killing


By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer | January 23, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. --In the weeks before he strangled pedophile priest John Geoghan in his prison cell, Joseph Druce confronted the former priest about molesting children, Druce testified Monday at his murder trial.

Instead of denying the accusations against him, Geoghan was "arrogant" and said he was worth far more than the millions the Boston Archdiocese had already paid to settle molestation lawsuits against him.

"I was just, like, that's it, that's it. I've got to stop this" guy, Druce said. "I couldn't get it out of my head."

Prosecutors began calling rebuttal witnesses after the defense rested two weeks into the trial in Worcester Superior Court. Judge Francis Secteau told the jury they would hear closing arguments and begin deliberations in the case Tuesday.

Posted by kshaw at January 23, 2006 04:12 PM