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Man convicted in Fitchburg State slaying denied new trial

June 11, 2015

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Shirley man convicted of the 2010 slaying of a Fitchburg State University student he had been dating has been denied a new trial by a Superior Court judge.

The Sentinel & Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1Msw6L7 ) reports that an attorney for Robert Gulla argued in his appeal that none of the three mental health experts he contacted would testify that his client lacked criminal responsibility for the killing.

Gulla was found guilty of first-degree murder with extreme atrocity and cruelty in the death of 19-year-old Allison Myrick.

The two had been dating until Myrick broke off the relationship.

Witnesses testified that Gulla, who has a personality disorder with traits of mental illness, knew right from wrong.

The judge ruled that Gulla received proper legal representation and wasn’t entitled to a new trial.

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Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.), http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com

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