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Suspect in Wilbraham native's murder to use insanity defense

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BOSTON (WSHM) -

There are new developments in the murder case of Wilbraham native Amy Lord.

According to our media partner, Masslive.com and The Republican, Edwin Alemany, the man accused of murdering Lord, plans to use the insanity defense for his trial.

Court documents filed in Suffolk County Superior Court said Alemany's attorney said his client plans to rely a defense of "lack of criminal responsibility" because of "mental disease or defect at the time of the alleged conduct."

Prosecutors said Alemany, 29, is the one who killed Lord, 24, after forcing her to withdraw hundreds of dollars from several ATMs last July when she was living in South Boston.

He is also accused of attacking three other women, two of them within a 24-hour period of Lord's murder, and one of which was 10 months prior.

Yet Alemany's lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, continues to argue his client's long history of mental illness is the big part of the story.

Alemany has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital since his arrest.

A trial date has been set for December. However, defense attorneys have asked for a change in venue because they believe with all the media attention surrounding the case, Alemany would not get a fair trial.

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