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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 7 of Spader murder trial beginning with less media presence

NASHUA – The parking lot is a little emptier at Hillsborough County Superior Court this Election Day where Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial will resume in a few minutes.

Yesterday’s testimony was dominated by forensic experts who talked about the limited amount of forensic evidence they found inside the Cates’ Trow Road home last fall and on clothes pulled from the Nashua River.

Only two television trucks are parked outside at the moment, presumably as stations shift their reporter/cameraman teams to election coverage for the day.

Today will be the seventh day of testimony in Spader’s trial. He faces up to life in prison without parole for allegedly killing 42-year-old Kimberly Cates during the early morning hours of Oct. 4, 2009, and trying to do the same to her daughter, Jaimie Cates, who was 11 at the time.

– Joseph G. Cote