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Steven Spader Trial

Early on the morning of Oct. 4, 2009, Kimberly Cates of Mont Vernon was murdered in her home and her daughter badly injured. Police say four young men from Brookline and Amherst chose the home at random and broke into it with the idea of burglarizing it and killing anybody they found. The brutal attack, made with knives and machetes, horrified the region. This page contains Telegraph news coverage of the Steven Spader Trial


  

Spader Trial News Archive


Spader withdraws Supreme Court appeal

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CONCORD – “Personal and moral reasons” prompted a New Hampshire man convicted of wielding a machete during a fatal home invasion nearly four years ago … Full story    
Published:  May 30, 2013

Lawyers for convicted murderer Steven Spader object to unsealing psychiatric evaluations, interviews

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NASHUA – Steven Spader’s attorneys are arguing that two psychiatric evaluations and interviews with his parents should remain secret because they amount to a pre-sentencing … Full story    
Published:  May 7, 2013

Spader skips sentencing hearing, issues ‘insulting’ apology from prison cell videocam

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MANCHESTER – David Cates and his daughter, Jaimie, were ready and waiting in the front row, along with a handful of family and friends who … Full story    
Published:  April 23, 2013

Date set for new sentencing hearing of Steven Spader

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MANCHESTER – Prosecutors hope that when Steven Spader is resentenced for the murderous 2009 invasion of a Mont Vernon home, the result will be the … Full story    
Published:  January 18, 2013

Spader to get new sentencing hearing as early as January

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MANCHESTER – Steven Spader could get a new sentencing hearing as early as January. A new hearing, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the man who killed … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2012

Mont Vernon killer will get new sentencing hearing under SCOTUS ruling

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While the conviction of Mont Vernon killer Steven Spader can’t be overturned, the process for reconsidering his sentence of life in prison without parole will … Full story    
Published:  September 20, 2012

Spader aims for reduced sentence

CONCORD – A man convicted of hacking a woman to death with a machete and maiming her daughter during a home invasion when he was … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Supreme Court ruling may apply to Steven Spader’s life sentence

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The lawyers who defended Steven Spader in the Kimberly Cates murder trial are exploring whether a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued this week will affect … Full story    
Published:  June 27, 2012

Attorneys in murder case had tough job on defendant’s behalf

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NASHUA – By all accounts, Jonathan Cohen and Andrew Winters had their work cut out for them. Those who investigated and prosecuted Steven Spader had … Full story    
Published:  November 14, 2010

Spader trial leaves lasting effects on those involved

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Why? How could they? If you watched or read anything about the Steven Spader trial over the past two weeks and can’t get those questions … Full story    
Published:  November 12, 2010

Juror speaks out about verdict

After hearing weeks of horrific testimony in the Steven Spader trial, juror Mark Langlois had one final thing to say: “Guilty.” When he was done … Full story    
Published:  November 12, 2010

God does love Spader, churchfolk say

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The murder trial of Steven Spader hardly seems like the occasion to consider the religious themes of redemption and forgiveness. Sentenced to life in prison … Full story    
Published:  November 11, 2010

Now with video: Husband of victim said he hoped for ‘true justice’

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NASHUA – David Cates didn’t rage or even admonish the man who killed his wife and attacked his little girl with a machete. He kept … Full story    
Published:  November 10, 2010

Now with video: Judge tells killer Spader ‘You belong in a cage’ videocam

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2:30 p.m. “I could go on for days and days about the depth of your depravity. Suffice it to say, you belong in a cage. … Full story    
Published:  November 10, 2010

Now with video: Killer will spend rest of his life in prison videocam

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NASHUA – One after the other, jurors labeled him a murderer. Steven Spader took a sip of water. “Guilty,” another juror said to one of … Full story    
Published:  November 10, 2010

Newly convicted killer checks in at prison

Three hours after his murder conviction, Steven Spader traded his suit coat for a faded green prison uniform. Spader, convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, among … Full story    
Published:  November 10, 2010

Spader verdict reached: to be revealed at 1 p.m. today

Senior assistant attorney general Jeff Strelzin just informed the media the jury has reached a verdict. He said the jury informed the judge around 11:50 … Full story    
Published:  November 9, 2010

‘Purposeful’ vs. ‘knowing’ murder is part of jurors’ decision

NASHUA – Jurors have quite a task ahead of them. When they finish is anyone’s guess. In addition to the heady pressure of deciding whether … Full story    
Published:  November 9, 2010

Spader’s parents leave court with no comment

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3:30 p.m. Steven W. and Christine Spader walked silent and grim-faced down the steps and out the door of the courthouse moments after Judge Gillian … Full story    
Published:  November 9, 2010

Spader trial concludes for the day

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NASHUA – Judge Gillian Abramson has dismissed court for the day, telling the Steven Spader trial jury to reconjvene at 8:30 Tuesday morning to receive … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2010

Trial creates uneasy note for many videocam

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NASHUA – The day-to-day proceedings in the trial of accused murderer Steven Spader, which enters its third week Monday morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court, … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2010

Blog: Officer of the year says Jaimie is real hero

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By its very nature, the profession of police officer is loaded with unpleasantries, many of which are unplanned, unexpected events that can ramp up in … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2010

Final day of testimony in Spader trial

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NASHUA – There was pain on Richard Gribble’s face. He told jurors that he searched his house for a machete and a knife he kept … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2010

Defense in Spader trial rests without calling any witnesses

The defense in the Steven Spader trial will not call any witnesses. It rested Thursday, after the prosecution presented its final witness. Closing arguments are … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Doctor describes all 32 wounds inflicted in fatal attack

NASHUA – The state has rested in Steven Spader’s murder case after medical examiner Jennie Duval described all 32 wounds Kimberly Cates suffered last fall. … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

The final prosecution witness takes the stand

NASHUA – Medical examiner Dr. Jennie Duval just took the stand and will be the state’s last witness in Steven Spader’s murder trial. Unless unusual … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Tool expert ties Gribble’s knife to murder scene

NASHUA – Stephen Ostrowski, a tool mark and physical match expert, is now on the stand. Ostrowski works at the State Police Forensic Lab and … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Gribble father: Alleged murder weapons were his

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NASHUA – Christopher Gribble’s father, Richard Gribble, just finished testifying about the events before and after Kimberly Cates was murdered Oct. 4, 2009. Richard Gribble … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Handwriting expert ties Spader to letters

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NASHUA – An expert handwriting analyst is testifying about letters and songs that prosecutors say Steven Spader wrote in jail about the murder in Mont … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Guard: Spader poem described home invasion

NASHUA – A Hillsborough County jail guard just finished testifying about a poem signed by Steven Spader that assistant attorney general Peter Hinckley read during … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Witness: Spader complained of paper misspelling name

3:25 p.m. Nashua gang leader Chad Landry told the court that among the several “kites,” or secret jailhouse communications, that he received from Steven Spader … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Fellow inmate says Spader bragged about killing

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NASHUA – Chad Landry is no saint. He said as much on the stand during Steven Spader’s murder trial, but he knows an opportunity when … Full story    
Published:  November 4, 2010

Former girlfriend of Spader says she was shown machete

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NASHUA – The girl Steven Spader was dating in the weeks before the attack on Kimberly and Jaimie Cates is on the stand. Jillian Baptist … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2010

Mall employees testify about seeing Spader at shopping center on Oct. 4, 2009

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NASHUA – Steven Spader’s murder trial has taken a break for lunch after hearing from two Pheasant Lane Mall employees who saw Spader, Christopher Gribble … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2010

Spader Trial Day 8: William Marks to resume testimony

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NASHUA – William Marks will take the stand again in a few minutes on the eighth day of testimony in Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial. … Full story    
Published:  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 … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2010

Alleged Spader conspirator Marks takes the stand videocam

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NASHUA – Steven Spader was a dim figure standing on the right side of Kimberly Cates’ bed. It was a full moon that night, and … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2010

Testimony has wrapped for the day, tomorrow will start with Marks back on the stand

NASHUA – William Marks will have to finish his testimony tomorrow as Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial has recessed for the day. Defense attorney Jonathan … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Marks says he and his father considered selling what he knew

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NASHUA – During his testimony in the Steven Spader murder trial, William Marks just told the jury that he and his father, James Marks, talked … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Marks testifies about what he saw inside 4 Trow Road

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NASHUA – William Marks is in the middle of his testimony about what happened inside 4 Trow Road when Kimberly Cates was killed last fall. … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

William Marks to take the stand after recess

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NASHUA – A second man who was inside 4 Trow Road last fall when Kimberly Cates was murdered just took the stand. William Marks, 19, … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Communications consultant rounds out morning testimony, trial to resume at 1 p.m.

NASHUA – A former police officer and current telecommunications consultant was on the stand to finish testimony this morning. The court just broke for lunch … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

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

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NASHUA – New Hampshire State Police Sgt. James Geraghty said Steven Spader wrote letters after his arrest detailing what happened inside the house and what … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Lead investigator first to take the stand today

NASHUA – The lead investigator in the Mont Vernon murder just took the stand. Sgt. James Geraghty, a New Hampshire State Police trooper, has been … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Testimony technical from forensic experts

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NASHUA – Three forensic experts from the State Police Forensic Laboratory dominated a long day of testimony Monday, the sixth day of Steven Spader’s first-degree … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

TV trucks encircle courthouse for video

3:25 p.m.: They arrive each morning, lumbering down Spring Street to the three-story courthouse where sharp-eyed drivers slow to a crawl, scope out a perfect … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2010

Trial shows that forensic testimony isn’t like ‘CSI’ show

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NASHUA – A third forensic expert rounded out the testimony Monday afternoon, which just wrapped up for the day. Kim Rumrill testified about a number … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2010

Expert: No fingerprints on knives or jewelry

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NASHUA – A second forensic expert has taken the stand in Steven Spader’s murder trial. Emily Rice, a criminologist at the state forensic laboratory, said … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2010

Forensic testimony takes up all morning, will continue

NASHUA – Court has broken for lunch in the middle of state forensic lab technician Timothy Jackson’s testimony. Jackson took the stand shortly before 10:30 … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2010

Technician: Tire tracks may have been from Gribble’s car

NASHUA – Timothy Jackson, a state forensic lab technician, is going through the analysis he did on the tires on Christopher Gribble’s car and the … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2010

Savoy: Spader on a ‘rush’

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NASHUA – In the aftermath of the Mont Vernon home invasion and murder last year, Steven Spader acted “like it was just a game, like … Full story    
Published:  October 30, 2010

Case draws outside interest

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2:15 p.m.: Local barristers with no connection, other than a healthy interest in their profession, to the Steven Spader trial have swung in and out … Full story    
Published:  October 29, 2010

Glover: Spader ‘euphoric’ after killing

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NASHUA – Quinn Glover knew Steven Spader was no longer exaggerating about his desire to kill someone when he saw Spader and Christopher Gribble walk … Full story    
Published:  October 29, 2010

Spader trial update: Glover off the stand

Quinn Glover finished testifying just before 3:30 p.m. He was on the stand for more than six hours total, with an hour break for lunch … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2010

Glover set to take stand

Quinn Glover, who is accused of participating in the Cates home invasion, is scheduled to take the stand in the Steven Spader trial shortly. … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2010

State trooper to be cross-examined in Spader trial

NASHUA – The fourth day of Steven Spader’s trial will start in a few minutes with the second half of New Hampshire State Trooper John … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2010

Spader Blog: Trial ends early for the day, will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday

4:30 p.m.: Judge Gillian Abramson cut short the third day of Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial, ending Wednesday’s proceedings shortly after 2 p.m. Abramson said … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2010

David Cates on the stand

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NASHUA – It’s hard to imagine how many ways David Cates’ life has changed since the early morning hours of Oct. 4, 2009, when his … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2010

Testimony ended early because of a juror’s appointment

NASHUA – It’s hard to imagine how many ways David Cates’ life has changed since the early morning hours of Oct. 4, 2009, when his … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Cates: Kimberly and Jaimie were ‘very close’

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NASHUA – David Cates was on the stand for less than half an hour Wednesday before finishing his testimony. He was not cross-examined by Steven … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

‘Blood markings’ were all over the Cates home

NASHUA – There was blood everywhere inside the Cates home when police took dozens of pictures inside and outside the day Kimberly Cates was brutally … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Staying conscious kept Jaimie Cates alive

NASHUA – Somehow Jaimie Cates kept a hold on consciousness after she was attacked. If not, the pressure created in her chest from a punctured … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Jaimie Cates may take the stand today

NASHUA – The second day of Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial will begin in a few minutes, and may be an even more emotional day … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Surgeon: ‘Considerable’ force needed to cause Jaimie’s wounds

NASHUA – Boston Children’s Hospital surgeon Amir Taghinia just showed the jury a half dozen photos of Jamie Cates’ injuries and explained them in excruciating … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

First officer on the Cates’ murder scene tells of finding a bleeding child

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NASHUA – Sgt. Kevin Furlong just left the stand after describing how he busted through the Cates front door last year to find a bleeding … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Opening arguments include a poem, claims about deals

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NASHUA – Senior assistant attorney general Peter Hinckley stood in front of Steven Spader and pointed. He stared him down and called him a killer. … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Prosecutors, police, others describe how mom, girl cut

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NASHUA – Kimberly Cates’ first instinct was to protect her daughter from the murderous attackers in her bedroom. She fought and clawed and withstood more … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2010

Top prosecutor shows up for Spader trial opening

NASHUA – The state’s top prosecutor is at Hillsborough County Superior Court this morning ahead of opening arguments in Steven Spader’s first-degree murder trial. One … Full story    
Published:  October 26, 2010

Spader Blog Day 1: Jurors, lawyers, judge, media visit Cates home

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Editor’s note: Reporter Dean Shalhoup will be blogging live from the courtroom each day with impressions and reactions to Steven Spader’s murder trial. They can … Full story    
Published:  October 26, 2010

Key trial figures go to Trow Rd.

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NASHUA – Steven Spader stood in the driveway of 4 Trow Road on Monday afternoon wearing a tie and jacket. He stood with his head … Full story    
Published:  October 26, 2010