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Testimony still under way in sanity phase of Gran trial

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webmaster | 04/09/14

Two doctors requested by the defense team of a Madera man convicted last month in the 2008 murder of Krista-Rae Pike took the stand Tuesday and testified on the “unusual” nature of the killer’s brain.

Dustin Gran, 25, pleaded not guilty of Pike’s murder due to insanity. He was convicted by a Stanislaus County jury on March 29.

If that same jury finds that he was insane when he committed the crime, Gran will spend his sentence in a state-run mental institution instead of prison.

A criminal in California can be found insane if, in a general sense, that person did not know right from wrong or the nature and quality of their actions at the time...


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