WOBURN — John Odgren broke down and appeared to cry this afternoon as he was being led out of the courtroom shortly after 16 jurors were seated in his first-degree murder trial.
Odgren, 19, is accused of stabbing James F. Alenson to death inside Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury on Jan. 19, 2007. Alenson was 15 years old and a slightly built freshman when he encountered Odgren inside a school bathroom.
|James F. Alenson (Family Photo)|
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.'s office has alleged in court papers that Odgren was a teen obsessed with death who plotted, and then carried out, a murder.
But defense attorneys Jonathan Shapiro and Patricia Garin contend in court papers that Odgren was mentally ill on the day of Alenson's death and should not be sent to prison for the rest of his life.
Odgren had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum, and hyperactive disorder.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty swore in the jury and then told them that lawyers will make opening statements Monday. After the session ended, Odgren, who has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail, sobbed as he walked out of the courtroom.
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