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Prosecuting attorney Jeff Strelzin shows David Cates a jewelry box he identified as belonging to his late wife Kimberly during Steven Spader's homicide trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, New Hampshire Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. Spader is facing life in prison without parole for his role in the killing and attack on Cates' daughter Jaimie.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cates: Kimberly and Jaimie were ‘very close’

NASHUA – David Cates was on the stand for less than half an hour Wednesday before finishing his testimony.

He was not cross-examined by Steven Spader’s defense attorneys.

The court has broken for lunch after Cates identified a number of pieces of evidence under questioning from Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin – including his wife ‘sand daughter’s jewelry boxes, and his old wallet.

He told Strelzin that he was in Maryland when he was called by state troopers and told about the attack. He immediately flew home.

Kimberly and Jaimie Cates were planning to go shopping on that Sunday, he testified.

The two were very close, he said, and often went to the movies, shopped or went to the karate studio in town together.

“They were very close. They spent an awful lot of time together,” David Cates said.

Strelzin asked him at the end of his testimony if he had given Steven Spader, or anyone with him, had permission to enter his home Oct. 9, 2009, or to take anything from the home.

He repeatedly responded simply and emphatically: “I did not.”