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COUSIN SAYS HE FELT GUILTY ABOUT TESTIFYING

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Christopher Galli says he cast doubts on the integrity of the testimony he gave in the murder trial of his cousin Aaron Galli because he felt guilty and wanted to help Aaron.

Wednesday afternoon he had to take the stand again to defend his original statements that Aaron and Adam Galli were the ones who robbed the Green Parrot Cafe on May 17, 1991, and in the process killed cook Merritt Riordan. The testimony came in a two-day hearing in which Aaron Galli is asking for a new trial."I got what I wanted," Christopher Galli wrote in a script about two months after Aaron was convicted of aggravated robbery and criminal homicide. "I hate Aaron. I don't care what happens to him as long as I get what I want."

Christopher Galli, 19, is undergoing diagnostic evaluations and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month. He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, and two other charges were dropped in exchange for his testimony against Aaron and Adam.

Providing that testimony against his cousin tormented Christopher Galli. To ease his pain, he wrote the script, he told Aaron's attorney Ken Brown. He gave the script to an acquaintance and told him to contact Ken Brown.

"I was very sarcastic and happy the whole time," he wrote. "I was smiling evilish."

"From a factual stand point, I'm very concerned about the contents of (the script)," Judge Michael Murphy said.

But Christopher Galli insists it was just depression and guilt that drove him to lie on paper.

"At that time I was extremely depressed," he told Brown. "I was dealing with the trial and what had happened . . . having to testify against him. Obviously, it wasn't something I wanted to do. I felt bad about that and guilty. I felt responsible for Aaron's situation."

He denied telling his aunt that Aaron wasn't at the Green Parrot the night of the murder. He denied asking another friend for an alibi. He denied telling a friend that he'd gotten away with "it."

Ken Brown pressed him. "Are you selective about the lies you tell? Isn't it true that you know a lot more about his case than we'll ever know from you under these circumstances?"

Judge Murphy will hear oral arguments on whether a new trial is warranted Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.