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Wednesday
Mar162011

Knife-Murder Suspect Planned to Upgrade to Guns

ABC News(NASHUA, N.H.) -- The murder defendant in a New Hampshire home invasion and machete attack said Wednesday in court that he had wanted to shoot people to death and that "it is possible I would kill again."

Christopher Gribble, 21, has admitted to stabbing Kimberly Cates to death and trying to kill her 11-year-old daughter in early October 2009. Gribble used a Boy Scout knife, while his convicted accomplice -- Steven Spader, already sentenced to life in prison -- used a machete in the attacks.

Gribble, 21, recounted on the stand how he told police that he wanted to use different weapons in future crimes. He didn't use a gun on the Cates, he said, because he had no money.

Gribble has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Gribble also told jurors of how he had told police that he would cleverly disguise guns if he used them, so they could not be traced to the same killings or attacks.

"You could switch barrels in a pistol," he said in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. "So if you do a rifling test it wouldn't show. I think I learned it on 'CSI.'"

Wednesday is Gribble's third day on the stand.

Prosecutors are cross-examining the man in an attempt to disprove his insanity claim, highlighting his conscious thoughts on the night of the Mount Vernon murder and his sense of right and wrong.

Gribble said some things are common sense. For example, he said, certain things can remove blood from clothing, and secrets are difficult to maintain if too many people know of them.

"That's that common sense you talked of earlier," lead prosecutor Jeff Strelzin said. "You didn't need 'CSI' to tell you that, right?"

"No," Gribble said, with a laugh.

Speaking of his time in prison, Gribble implied that guards and other inmates did not treat him as a danger.

"I could be considered dangerous," Gribble told the courtroom.

"People in jail don't know how dangerous you are?" Strelzin said.

"No, they don't," replied Gribble, smiling.

Strelzin asked him to explain why that thought made him smile.

"I smile because it's funny, all those people in there have no idea who they're messing with."

At times, Gribble seemingly mocked Strelzin, who repeatedly asked Gribble to recall and tell the jurors certain statements he had made to the police. If Gribble had difficulty remembering, Strelzin would have him read from a transcript, telling the courtroom the transcript page.

"I thought you'd have a page number for that," Gribble would say when he had difficulty remembering.

Regardless of the jury's decision, he said, he will spend the rest of his life in jail.

"If I may explain. If I go to regular prison, OK, it's another way of living. I'll adopt eventually," Gribble said. "I think it'd be preferable and good for me to get psychological help."

"You don't care where you end up?" Strelzin asked.

In response, Gribble shrugged.

For his final statement on the stand this morning, Gribble told the courtroom, "If I got out, it is possible I would kill again."

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Murder Suspect Compares Alleged Handiwork to 'CSI'

Comstock/Thinkstock(NASHUA, N.H.) -- The New Hampshire man who has confessed to a home invasion and deadly machete attack is a self-described social outcast who turned to a darker side of himself after his girlfriend ended their relationship, he testified in court Tuesday.

Christopher Gribble, 21, has admitted to the random stabbing death of Kimberly Cates of Mount Vernon and to the attempt to kill her 11-year-old daughter in early October 2009.

Gribble on Tuesday described the alleged attack in calm detail, saying that unlike co-defendant Steven Spader, he was controlled and precise during the alleged killing. Gribble described stabbing the mother with a long knife several times from one side of the bed, while Spader allegedly swung a machete and stabbed uncontrollably from the other side.

He said the daughter, who was asleep in the same bed, soon jumped out of bed and bumped into him.

"I immediately wrapped my left arm around her," he said in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. "I went for some sort of shot, I'm pretty sure it was a neck shot because I remember it being high. But I missed," he added, his eyes widening in surprise.

At one point, Gribble said, the lights were turned on, and he looked at Spader "panting" and "completely out of control."

"The only thought that really entered my head at that point [was], 'Wow, this looks just like a CSI scene,'" Gribble said in reference to the popular television show.

Gribble, who did not know the victims and has claimed he was insane at the time of the attack, at times calmly described the events, and at other times seemed surprised at his memories of that night. He said it was interesting to see his co-defendant allegedly stab the mother, 42, so deeply that Gribble could see bone.

During the alleged murder and subsequent robbery, he said, he "knew instinctively" what to do. He said repeatedly that it is difficult to describe what he felt that night: especially afterward, when he was in the car leaving the scene of the alleged crime.

Days before the attack, Gribble sent his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Martin, a string of prescient text messages. The alleged killing and home invasion took place less than one week later.

Tuesday was Gribble's second day on the stand. He testified Monday that he had fantasized about various ways to kill his mother when he was a young teenager: cutting her into little pieces "bit by bit," pouring boiling water over her and bending her limbs out of joint.

In Tuesday's testimony, Gribble spoke of how he had felt emotionally attached to ex-girlfriend Martin, and how that made him feel awkward.

Co-defendant Spader was convicted in November and sentenced to life in prison.

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