CAPLIN TO PLEAD GUILTY IN 1988 NASHUA MURDER CASE

David Caplin, one of two former Nashua men arrested, later freed, but re-indicted several years ago in the 1988 murders of two woman on Mason Street in Nashua, has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty and be sentenced on Feb. 14, court officials announced Thursday morning.

Caplin was arrested weeks after the murders, but when prosecutors dropped the charges for lack of evidence, he was set free and returned to his native Canada.

His alleged co-defendant, Anthony Barnaby, was also arrested and later freed, after three jury trials ended in mistrials. Both men were charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Barnaby’s case remains ongoing; whether he will also enter a plea agreement isn’t known at this time.

Caplin’s plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 14 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

-DEAN SHALHOUP