Trial Begins for Man Charged With Stabbing and Dismembering Brother in Rutland, Massachusetts

The trial is set to begin Monday in the case of a Massachusetts man charged with murder in the stabbing and dismembering of his brother.

The Telegram & Gazette reports an attorney for 68-year-old Michael Dowjat said during a pretrial hearing Tuesday his client acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say the relationship between the brothers had deteriorated after Dowjat was left out of their father's will.

The body of his 59-year-old brother, David Alan, was found inside a 1960s-style bomb shelter beneath his Rutland home in June 2014.

Prosecutors say Alan was stabbed more than 70 times, and his head, arms, and legs were severed.

Dowjat has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder.

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