State wants 2nd competency evaluation for man accesed of McGrath St. murder

LACONIA — Asst. N.H. Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said yesterday the state would be seeking a second competency evaluation for a 20-year-old local man who is charged with strangling his roommate on June 10, 2013 while the two were living in a mental health support home on McGrath Street.

Kasey Riley, 20, appeared yesterday in the Belknap County Superior Court for a brief hearing regarding his bail. Wearing orange and shackled, Riley stood quietly. His lower right arm appears to have been freshly bandaged.

N.H. Public Defender Tracy Scarvelli said the interviews for a competency hearing ordered by Judge Jim Carroll are completed but she is still waiting for the report.

Ward said the prosecution will likely file a motion in Belknap County Supreme Court seeking a second evaluation, and Scarvelli told the court she would likely oppose it.

Both defense and prosecution agreed that Riley will continue to be held in Belknap County House of Corrections without bail.

Riley allegedly strangled Zachary March after the two had an argument around 2 a.m. about what Riley was watching on his telephone. Two other people in the unsupervised support home were there the night of the alleged homicide.