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Sanity phase begins for Gran

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The sanity phase of Dustin Gran’s criminal trial began Wednesday in Stanislaus County, where his attorney said a car crash more than a decade ago left Gran irrevocably changed and without a moral compass.

Gran, 25, was convicted late last week for the murder of 18-year-old Maderan Krista-Rae Pike, a crime allegedly orchestrated by 22-year-old Brittany Navarra out of romantic jealousy for Pike’s fiance.

Navarra is scheduled to begin trial in May, and faces charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy in the crime. She has pled not guilty.

Gran pled not guilty by way of insanity, thus the need for a second phase to determine his mental state when he beat Pike to death in January of 2008...


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