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Man charged with murder, rape to claim insanity defense

August 8, 2019

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The New Hampshire man charged with killing a food delivery driver in Massachusetts, raping a convenience store worker, and shooting two other women in 2017 will use an insanity defense at trial.

The Salem News reports that the lawyer for 23-year-old Brian Brito, of Manchester, New Hampshire, filed a formal notice on Wednesday, saying his client has a lack of criminal responsibility.

Brito is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Mohammedreza Sina Zangiband, during what police say started as road rage in Lynn in March 2017. Zangiband was delivering food for a restaurant at the time.

Authorities say that later the same he day he sexually assaulted the store worker in North Andover.

Brito pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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