Convicted doctor appeals to Mass. high court
BOSTON -- Lawyers for a once-prominent Boston doctor serving a life sentence for killing his wife are asking the state's highest court to grant their client a new trial.
Lawyers for Dirk Greineder are expected to argue before the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday that lurid details about his secret sex life used as evidence at trial were a "transparent attack on his character" that had no relation to the slaying.
Greineder was an allergist at Brigham & Women's Hospital when he was convicted of beating his wife, Mabel, with a hammer and slashing her throat on Oct. 31, 1999, during their daily walk in a Wellesley park.
Prosecutors argued that Greineder killed her after she discovered his secret sex life that included trysts with prostitutes.
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