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Man convicted of college student slaying seeks new trial

December 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A Shirley man convicted in the 2010 slaying of a Fitchburg State University student is seeking a new trial.

The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2icce9Q ) that Stephen Paul Maidman, an attorney for Robert Gulla, contends that Gulla’s trial attorney failed to argue a lack of criminal responsibility, though Gulla has mental-health issues and Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.

Gulla was found guilty in 2012 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.

On Jan. 10, Maidman will argue before the state Supreme Judicial Court that Gulla’s conviction should be overturned.

Maidman also says a Superior Court judge was wrong to deny Gulla’s appeal last year.

Gulla is serving a life sentence without parole.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com