LACONIA — A N.H state prosecutor and the attorneys representing a 21-year-old city man who is charged with the strangulation death of his roommate have agreed that he is not competent to stand trial at this time.
The stipulation or agreement, means that Kasey Riley, formerly of McGrath Street, will likely be committed to a secure state mental health facility after a request for involuntary confinement is presented to a N.H. Probate Court judge.
From the time of his commitment, the sides have stipulated that there will be 12 month allocated for doctors to restore him to competency.
The agreement came after the state made a motion that was granted in July to have a Riley undergo a second mental health evaluation with a different doctor. The first doctor had determined Riley was unable to assist in his own defense and didn't understand the consequences of his actions.
Although both assessments are sealed, with yesterday's agreement it appears the second doctor came to the same conclusion.
Riley had been living on his own in an apartment on Academy Street until June of 2013 when he checked himself into Lakes Regional General Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
According to his sister, he was taken to the N.H. State Hospital for evaluation and released the next day. He was given a place to live in a group home operated by Genesis Behavioral Health on McGrath Street. The home is not supervised 24 hours a day and there was no supervisor on duty the night Riley allegedly strangled Zachary March.
Genesis Behavioral Heath is the regional mental health agency licensed and partially funded by the N.H. Department of Health & Human Services.
On June 10, police affidavits filed in court said Riley and March got in an argument about some hunting videos Riley was watching on his cell phone.
Riley told police that March threatened him and the two fought. He said the two struggled until Riley was able to get March's head in a leg hold that he said he kept on him for about 10 minutes.
He told police that March started convulsing and he let go of him and tried to sprinkle water on him to revive him. A woman who was also staying in the group home called 9-1-1. March was pronounced dead at the scene.
He also told police he was practicing his choke holds and demonstrated one for the investigating officer.
Riley was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in November of 2013 for two counts of second-degree homicide. One count alleges that he recklessly caused March's death and the other count alleges that he negligently caused March's death. Each represents a different theory of the same crime.