LACONIA – A Belmont man accused in the ax murder of his mother and brother will receive a second mental health evaluation by a second doctor, a Belknap County Superior Court judge has ruled.
Asst. N.H. Attorney General Jeff Strelzin did not object to a second competency hearing for Shawn Carter, 32, who is accused of chopping to death his mother and brother in May 2013 in a home the three shared in Belmont.
Carter is charged with four counts of homicide – two for each victim and each offering a different version of the crime. He is being held without bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
The motion says that Carter has been evaluated twice by Dr. Daniel Comiskey of the N.H. Office of Forensic Examiners, who concluded Carter is competent to stand trial.
Carter's attorneys continued to have concerns about his competency and requested the services of Dr. Phillip Kinsler, a forensic psychologist in Hanover, to do a second, independent evaluation. The court agreed to pay $5,000 for the evaluation.
According to court paperwork, Kinsler met with Carter on Dec. 2. However, the interview was cut short and the evaluation could not be completed.
The most recent motion grants an additional $5,000 to the defense team to have Kinsler conduct a second interview.
Carter is indigent and is entitled to a competent defense. Settled case law provides that an indigent defendant is provided with funding for services other than counsel.
Carter is being represented by two attorneys from the N.H. Public Defenders Office.
The hearing on the recently ordered competency hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:13
MOULTONBOROUGH — An Ossipee woman was killed Saturday night after the car she was driving traveled through a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 109 and 25.
The car traveled through the intersection at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, continued on to Skyline Drive, struck a culvert and came to rest on its roof in a marshy area.
Alice Dow, 27, of Ossipee was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police Chief Leonard Weatherbee Jr. said the Moultonborough Police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit are investigating.
Police said alcohol did not appear to be a factor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:52
LACONIA — A city man is being held on $300 cash bail for allegedly pushing his girlfriend and returning to her apartment within 10 minutes of being served with a restraining order.
According to complaints filed yesterday with the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police responded to a call at 735 North Main St. on Dec. 20 for a report of an assault.
The caller said Hector Albelo, 29, of 735 North Main St. allegedly pushed a woman in the face and into a wall. He also allegedly took her cell phone to prevent her from calling police.
Albelo was served with an order of protection at 3:51 p.m., but returned immediately to the apartment.
Police rearrested Albelo and he spent the rest of the weekend in the Belknap County House of Corrections. Albelo appeared by video in court this morning and was ordered held on $300 cash — money he must provided to the court on Jan. 29 or a bench warrant will be issued.
He was also ordered to stay away from the victim and the apartment.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:49
LACONIA — A Weirs man suffered second-degree burns during a modular unit fire in the Hack Ma Tack campground Sunday afternoon.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that it was about 3:05 p.m. when a 21-year-old resident of the home went into a bedroom and flipped the electric switch. He said the room immediately flashed over and the man was engulfed in flames. Firefighters and equipment from four fire departments were involved as the result of the first-alarm fire.
The victim was rushed to Lakes Region General Hospital by Stewart's Ambulance with second-degree burns to his head, hands and arms.
Erickson said three other people in the unit were able to escape uninjured. All said they smelled propane just before the fire.
The fire damage was contained to the front bedroom and kitchen. However, Erickson said there was heat, smoke and water damage throughout the unit which the chief believe was extensive enough for the building to be considered a total loss.
He said the lieutenant in charge of the Weirs Station called for a first alarm when he saw the column of black smoke from his vantage point at The Weirs.
When firefighters arrived, they said flames were shooting from the front end windows of the modular unit, threatening the electrical wires overhead, and the neighboring unit as well. Erickson said it took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the flames and overhaul the unit.
Firefighters from Gilford, Belmont and Meredith assisted at the scene and in covering the rest of the city. One unnamed firefighter cut his hand.
CAPTION: Smoke pours from the side of a singular modular unit at the Hack Ma Tack Campground in the Weirs Beach section of Laconia Sunday afternoon. (Photo Courtesy of the Laconia Police Department.)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:41