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Lawyers: Former Market Basket worker may claim insanity in assault case
Public defenders for Samuel Woods, 21, informed a Rockingham County superior court judge about the possible insanity defense prior to his trial on two counts of second-degree assault.
Public defender Kevin O’Keefe said in court papers that his client was suffering from mental illness at the time of the alleged assault.
Woods told police following his arrest that he did not know the girl well and had no reason to attack her. Woods also claimed to have “had issues with women since he was young and has acted out violently before by attacking a teacher. He said he is under the care of a psychologist and is prescribed medication,” a police affidavit said.
Woods is seen entering the room and running at the teenage girl “with his hands open in a choking fashion,” according to the affidavit.
He then took off his shoes and jumped off a second-floor platform near a stock room, police said. Woods jumped off the platform, landing by wooden dollies about 18 feet below. He later told police that “something evil came over him” before going after the girl, the affidavit said.
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