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Vasquez-Larkin trial: ‘not guilty’ decision on 10 of 11 charges

NASHUA — Jurors in the assault trial of David Vasquez-Larkin on Friday convicted the former Crown Hill resident on just one of the 11 charges he faced in connection with a physical altercation with his wife last December.

The jury deliberated for about four hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict on one count of second-degree assault — domestic violence, a Class B felony that accused Vasquez-Larkin of strangling the woman.

But they found the 33-year-old Vasquez-Larkin not guilty of a second count of second-degree assault — domestic violence, as well as all nine counts of simple assault — domestic violence, Class A misdemeanors that alleged Vasquez-Larkin punched the woman numerous times in the chest.

Vasquez-Larkin remains free on bail pending sentencing on the single felony charge, the date for which is pending.

Central to the trial was testimony by several people, including the woman, Vasquez-Larkin and several Nashua police officers, that revealed vast differences between each side’s account of the incident, which took place Dec. 23 in the garage of the Arlington Street home the couple shared at the time.

Friday’s proceedings began with each side’s closing arguments, after which jurors received their instructions from Judge Jacalyn Colburn before they retired to the deliberation room.

Attorneys Elliot Friedman and Marc Gouthro represented Vasquez-Larkin, while Assistant County Attorney Lisa Drescher prosecuted the case.

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