January hearing set for Amherst murder suspect

File photo by Jeffrey Hastings One of the numerous investigators who worked at the scene of the Thanksgiving morning fatal shooting in Amherst walks down the driveway of the Baboosic Lake Road residence where the incident occurred. The suspect, Bryson Peluso, is next due in court in January.

MANCHESTER – Parties in the second-degree murder case of Bryson Peluso, who is accused of shooting and killing a 23-year-old acquaintance early Thanksgiving morning in a Baboosic Lake Road home, are scheduled for a hearing just after the new year.

The hearing, described as a scheduling conference, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Hillsborough County Superior Court North, according to Peluso’s case summary.

The victim, Brandon Kluz, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report issued by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval.

Police and representatives of the Attorney General’s office said at the time that police and ambulance personnel responded at about 1 a.m. Thanksgiving morning to 19 Baboosic Lake Road for a possible shooting.

Peluso, 27, was arrested a short time later and jailed pending his Friday arraignment at Superior Court in Nashua.

Judge Charles Temple ordered Peluso held without bail at arraignment, which was conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail.

Indications are that Peluso and Kluz were friends, but no official details have been released regarding the circumstances of the incident.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, who represented the state at Peluso’s arraignment, said police reports and search warrant affidavits had been sealed “to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

He provided few details beyond what officials released in their initial statement.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.