Accused Killer of Child-Molesting Priest Returns to Court with Black Eye

January 25, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. The prison inmate charged with strangling a child-molesting priest has returned to court today with a black eye.

His lawyer says Joseph Druce was beaten yesterday in his cell at the Massachusetts state prison, and he's asking the judge to investigate.

Druce told his lawyer that a man wearing pants from a state Department of Correction uniform hit him on the side of the head and punched him in the eye.

Meanwhile, jurors in the murder case have begun their second day of deliberations. Testimony has centered on whether Druce was insane when he strangled John Geoghan (GAY'-gun) in the former priest's prison cell. The prosecutor says Druce is a calculating and conniving killer who planned the murder for weeks.


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