NH home invasion suspect: Deadly attack was 'cool'

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By LYNNE TUOHY
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 10:34 PM

NASHUA, N.H. -- A man who admits killing a mother and maiming her daughter in a machete and knife attack said in a taped interview with police that was played Wednesday that he thought the slashing was "cool" and would have killed the girl if he had realized she was still alive.

In a recorded 7-hour statement to police played for jurors Tuesday and Wednesday, Christopher Gribble said he hacked to death Kimberly Cates and thought he had killed her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie.

Gribble can be heard saying he was certain Jaimie was dead because she wasn't moving and her head was drenched with blood.

"I'm kind of surprised she's alive," Gribble told police the day after the Oct. 4, 2009, home invasion in Mont Vernon. "I kind of wish she'd died for her sake, just because she's going to have to live with all that now."

"If I'd realized she was still alive, I would have ended it for her," Gribble said.

Jaimie suffered 18 wounds and lost a portion of a foot in the attack.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up the state's case Thursday. Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson told jurors they can expect to hear closing arguments and her instructions on the law Thursday afternoon.

The 21-year-old Gribble denied any involvement in the home invasion during the first three hours of the police interview. But state troopers kept confronting him with additional information they had learned from others involved in the attack who were also being interrogated.

When Gribble finally began detailing the crimes, his words tumbled out in rapid succession, but his voice remained calm and matter-of-fact.

"I thought I would feel bad," Gribble said. "I'm almost sorry to say I don't. I thought I would at least puke afterward or something."

"I just felt nothing," he said. "It was kind of cool because it was different."

David Cates, seated in the front row of the courtroom, slowly shook his head as Gribble described how "cool" the attacks were. At other points, when Gribble described how one machete blow exposed bone from Kimberly Cates' arm, David Cates seemed to glare at Gribble.


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