By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County Superior Court judge will decide in the near future if a Northfield man accused of selling a 21-year-old Tilton man the heroin/fentanyl that killed him will be released on some kind of cash bail.
Brian Watson, 51, was released after posting $25,000 cash bail after being charged in connection to the death of Seth Tilton-Fogg in late April of 2015. One of the conditions of his release was that he have no contact with Teanna Bryson, the woman who knew Tilton-Fogg from high school and who allegedly connected the two.
Watson's bail was revoked by the court after he was stopped by police in a vehicle while Bryson was allegedly trying to hide under some clothing in the back seat. He is being held without bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
Attorney Mark Sisti argued that Bryson cannot be found and his client should be given a chance to post bail. He said the whole reason for the bail revocation was that he was with Bryson, and since "she doesn't want to be here," Watson should have another chance to post the same amount of cash and abide by the same conditions as before.
Sisti produced a letter from Watson's former employer saying that he would hire him back immediately if he posted bail. He said Watson would live with his parents.
Deputy Belknap County Attorney Roni Karnis said nothing has changed since Watson's bail was revoked in November because "contact is contact" and by having Bryson in his car, he violated the terms of his bail agreement.
She said that in order for the court to reconsider the revocation, there must have been some misinterpretation of the facts at the first revocation hearing.
"The circumstances haven't changed," she said.
Bryson is a key witness in the state's trial against Watson. She failed to show up for a different bail revocation hearing in November saying she had an infection in her foot.
Karnis told the judge that police have not been able to locate her. In an agreement with the County Attorney's Office, Bryson agreed she would make herself available to the court in exchange for some consideration for her alleged role in Tilton-Fogg's death.
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