PC hearing for Riley delayed

LACONIA — The probable cause hearing for the man who allegedly strangled another man nine day ago in a city mental health support home was continued until July 2.
The hearing for Kasey Riley, 19, formerly of 24 McGrath St. was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. yesterday but Public Defender Jesse Friedman filed for a continuance, saying he needed more time to prepare.
Riley is accused of the second degree murder of the 27-year-old Zachary March in the early morning hours of June 10. Responding police found an unresponsive March in the home after responding to a call. Riley was also in the house.
Affidavits regarding the homicide have been sealed by Judge Jim Carroll and were initially sealed from Friedman, who had to file a motion to get access to them in order to mount a defense.
The motion for the defense team and only the defense team to see the file was granted on June 13.
A probable cause hearing is not a trial but hearing whereby the prosecution — in this case the N.H. Attorney General — must make the case that police had enough reason to arrest Riley and charge him with the homicide.
Riley, who is being held without bail, will also have an opportunity for Friedman to argue for different bail conditions.
The defense team can forgo the probable cause hearing and wait until after their client is indicted by a grand jury.