A lawyer for William Dunn, the Norwood man accused of beating an elderly man to death with a baseball bat last fall, said he may try to prove that his client was not criminally responsible because of a mental condition.
A lawyer for William Dunn, the Norwood man accused of beating an elderly man to death with a baseball bat last fall, said he may try to prove that his client was not criminally responsible because of his mental condition.
Attorney Robert Griffin filed a motion in Norfolk Superior Court on Thursday requesting that Dunn, who has been kept at Bridgewater State Hospital while awaiting trial, be evaluated to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
Dunn is accused of beating 78-year-old Robert Moore to death before turning on his daughter-in-law, Nancy Moore, in the family’s Needham home last November. He has been indicted on charges of murder; armed assault with intent to murder; mayhem; assault with intent to murder or maim; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and assault causing serious bodily harm.
If convicted, he could face a life sentence without parole.
According to prosecutors, Dunn, 41, was installing sprinklers at Moore’s Elmwood Road home on Nov. 2 when he got into an argument with the elderly man and attached him with a baseball bat.
Nancy Moore reportedly walked in on Dunn as he was cleaning up. Dunn then allegedly attacked Nancy Moore and left her in the basement, where she was found by her 20-year-old son, Jamie Moore.
Nancy Moore was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, where she eventually recovered. Dunn was arrested a little more than three hours later in a “reeded” area on the west side of Route 128, about a half-mile from the scene. He was arraigned in Dedham District Court the following morning.
Dunn reportedly had some history of mental illness before the alleged murder. According to Norwood police, he was voluntarily committed at Caritas Norwood Hospital when he walked out on the hospital Aug. 30 and didn’t return home.
His wife, Susan Dunn, called police to file a missing persons report that night. Dunn was eventually found at the entrance to Highland Cemetery around 4:30 a.m. and voluntarily transported back to the hospital, according to police.
The status of Dunn’s evaluation will be heard at a hearing on March 28. A pretrial hearing is schedule for May 8.
Also at today’s pretrial hearing, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Armour filed a motion for a swab test of blood found on Dunn’s hands, clothing and a baseball bat allegedly used in the murder of Robert Moore.
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