Man Claims Mental Illness In Brattleboro Co-op Shooting

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A lawyer for a Brattleboro food co-operative worker says he was mentally ill at the time he allegedly shot and killed his boss last summer.

Richard Gagnon has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Michael Martin.

Gagnon was the former wine manager of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Prosecutor David Gartenstein says he had received a forensic psychiatrist’s report on Gagnon.

Gartenstein called into question if Gagnon’s depression would serve as a legal defense to change the charge from first-degree murder to manslaughter.

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