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Jillian Baptist takes an oath before testifying in Steven Spader's trial in Nashua, New Hampshire Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Baptist was Spader's girlfriend at the time of the murder of Kimberly Cates in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire in October of 2009. Spader is on trial for the second week for his role the murder of Kimberly Cates and attack on her daughter Jaimie. (AP Photo/Don Himsel)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Former girlfriend of Spader says she was shown machete

NASHUA – The girl Steven Spader was dating in the weeks before the attack on Kimberly and Jaimie Cates is on the stand.

Jillian Baptist said Spader showed her the machete the next day, after he sold jewelry at the Pheasant Lane Mall, and joked that a spot of blood on the sheathe was from World War I.

Baptist said she was with Spader and Christopher Gribble when they sold jewelry they are accused of stealing from the Cates’ home.

– Joseph G. Cote