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SJC upholds murder conviction in high-profile case from Wellesley

Posted by Metro Desk  November 4, 2010 12:49 PM

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The state’s highest court has upheld the high-profile murder conviction of a prominent allergist from Wellesley who bludgeoned his wife with a hammer and slit her throat after she discovered his secret sex life of prostitutes and Internet pornography.

The state Supreme Judicial Court rejected the appeals of Dirk K. Greineder, who argued that his rights to an open trial were violated because jury selection was closed to the public. In an appeal of his conviction, and an appeal of a separate motion for a new trial, Greineder also argued that he lacked proper legal counsel and that the trial judge erred in refusing to suppress evidence in the case.

A Norfolk Superior Court jury found Greineder guilty in 2001 of murdering his wife, Mabel, by beating her with a hammer and slitting her throat at a Wellesley pond on Halloween. Prosecutors argued that Greineder killed his wife of 32 years after she found out about his scandalous sex life.

Defense lawyers had argued that the wife had been slain by an elusive, unknown killer.

"We have reviewed the briefs and the entire record, including the transcripts and the 475 trial exhibits and scores of items marked for identification, and it is our considered judgment that there is no reason to grant relief," Justice Francis X. Spina wrote in the court's ruling.

Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said today that he had spoken with members of the Greineder family, and that they welcomed the decision as a chance to move past the case.

“This family is certainly in a position now where they won’t have to relive another trial and deal with that trauma again,” Keating said. “We’re pleased with the result, obviously, and we think the mission of justice continues this way.”

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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