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Prosecuting attorney Jeff Strelzin shows a sweatshirt to Sgt. James Geraghty of the New Hampshire State Police during Steven Spader's trial in Nashua, Tuesday, Nov. 2. Geraghty is the lead investigator in the Cates murder that occured on Oct. 4, 2009. Spader is on trial for the second week for his role the murder of Kimberly Cates and attack on her daughter Jaimie in Mont Vernon.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cross examination of investigator focused on statements made by Glover and Marks

NASHUA – New Hampshire State Police Sgt. James Geraghty said Steven Spader wrote letters after his arrest detailing what happened inside the house and what he did to Kimberly and Jaimie Cates last fall.

Defense attorney Jonathan Cohen spent much of his cross-examination of Geraghty asking him about statements Quinn Glover and William Marks made about weapons they preferred or had the night of the murder, including an ax and samurai sword, and comments they made about wanting to or having killed before.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin hammered home that during all of the interviews and proffers after the arrests, including Spader’s letters, no one suggested Glover or Marks attacking the women or that anything other than a machete or knife were used in the attacks.

– Joseph G. Cote