By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County Superior Court Judge has ordered the County Attorney's Office to tell the court how many people will be granted immunity from prosecution so they can testify in the case of former local man who allegedly robbed a Harvard Street house with a gun in June of 2014.
Tyler Twombly, 31, was indicted by a grand jury for two counts of burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of robbery.
Twombly came before the court on Monday for a "Richards" hearing, in which one of the potential witnesses to the crime asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.
Belknap County Assistant Attorney Roni Karnis said she couldn't verify if the witness had been offered immunity and said there could be as many as five or six more people who could be offered immunity for their testimony at Twombly's trial. The judge wants all this information before the end of business on Friday.
The state alleges that Twombly and another man entered a home at 54 Harvard St. and "used force against another in the course of the robbery by striking or shooting (the victim) in the back of the head with the firearm and (the victim) was aware of the force.
News accounts at the time said the two were wearing bandanas over their faces and that Twombly allegedly stole some "controlled drugs" from one of the people in the house. Police were notified at 3:25 a.m. on June 25 and said one man from the home was taken to the hospital with some kind of superficial head wound, though at the time they could only confirm a gun had been fired.
Twombly is scheduled for a final pretrial hearing on March 30 and jury selection is scheduled for April 11. Twombley is represented by attorney Mark Sisti.
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