WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man charged with stabbing and dismembering his estranged brother is headed to trial.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that opening statements in the first-degree murder trial of 68-year-old Michael Dowjat, of Holden, are scheduled for Monday in Worcester Superior Court.
Prosecutors say Dowjat killed his 59-year-old brother, David Alan, in June 2014.
Alan’s body was found inside a 1960s-style bomb shelter beneath his Rutland home. Prosecutors say he had been stabbed more than 70 times, and his head, arms and legs were severed.
Prosecutors say the relationship between the brothers had deteriorated after Dowjat was left out of their father’s will.
Dowjat has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer called it a case of self-defense.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com