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Pike murderer: ‘I was a loaded gun’

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webmaster | 04/04/14

MODESTO — The convicted killer of Madera teen Krista-Rae Pike told at least one psychologist that if released he would kill again and, during early court hearings, if he sat behind the alleged orchestrator of the crime he might have tried to murder her too.

Those and other gruesome details were discussed Thursday as part of sanity hearings for Dustin Gran, 25, to determine whether his sentence for Pike’s 2008 murder, likely a lifetime, will be served behind prison bars or in a mental institution.

Psychologist Michael Zimmerman, who interviewed Gran in prison more than a year after Pike was found beaten and slashed to death, testified that Gran was sane when he committed the crime.

That observation was based on several factors, Zimmerman said, including Gran’s admission he knew right from wrong during the murder — a key element in determining a person’s sanity — even if he said he was “excited” and “giddy” about ending Pike’s life...


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