By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Two high-profile cases are still scheduled for jury selection on Monday despite the contention of one attorney that information from the other case is relevant to his.
The charges against Randy Nadeau of Laconia and Brian Watson of Northfield couldn't be more different.
Nadeau is charged with six separate counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault that involve a girl in Laconia while Watson is charged with one count of selling a deadly dose of fentanyl to a 21-year-old man in Tilton. He is also charged with one count of possession.
Their involvement comes from statements Nadeau allegedly made to Watson about who he said actually sold the fentanyl that Watson allegedly sold.
Belknap County Corrections records show that while they are now separated, Nadeau and Watson, who are both incarcerated while awaiting trial, shared the same cell block.
According to various court hearings and motions, Watson said Nadeau told him that someone else sold the lethal dose to the Tilton victim but that he refuses to testify on Watson's behalf while his case is still pending. Through his attorney, Watson asked that his case be continued until Nadeau's is completed.
The state argued that whatever Nadeau told Watson was hearsay and wouldn't be allowed into evidence under court rules of procedure.
This week, the presiding judge agreed with the state and refused Watson's request to continue his trial.
Watson has made one last ditch effort to have his case delayed by asking the court to separate his two charges into two separate trials as they occurred on different days and under different circumstances.
Judge James O'Neill is scheduled to hear the motion to sever the two this morning.
Because Belknap County has only one judge, only one case can be tried at a time. As of Thursday, the court had not yet scheduled trial dates.
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