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Topic: Cates Murder

The Murder of Kimberly Cates

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. An Oct. 25 trial is scheduled for the first defendant, Steven Spader. Another accused, Christopher Gribble, is set to be tried next year. The other two defendants, Billy Marks and Quinn Glover, have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

An affidavit filed during the court process gives details about the police investigation and what law enforcement officials think happened on the night of the murder. It can be read by clicking here, although note that some of the details are extremely unpleasant:

Gribble Trial | Spader Trial

AG, newspapers argue to unseal psychiatric evaluations for convicted killer Steven Spader in Cates murder case

MANCHESTER – Steven Spader has no right to keep two psychiatric evaluations secret, and even if he did, he waived by his own actions in … Full story    
Published:  June 21, 2013

Spader withdraws Supreme Court appeal

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

High court rejects Gribble appeal of conviction in Cates murder

CONCORD – The state Supreme Court unanimously upheld Christopher Gribble’s first-degree murder conviction in the 2009 death of Mont Vernon mother Kimberly Cates, rejecting three … Full story    
Published:  May 8, 2013

Supreme Court ruling on Gribble’s Mont Vernon murder appeal due Tuesday

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Supreme Court will issue its ruling Tuesday on Christopher Gribble’s appeal on his first-degree murder conviction in the death of … Full story    
Published:  May 7, 2013

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

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

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

Supreme Court ruling on Gribble appeal could impact future change of venue requests

CONCORD – Two appeals before the state Supreme Court could instruct judges for years to come when they consider whether to move a trial due … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 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

Cates’ concert draws crowd, memories of Mont Vernon woman

HOLLIS – As local bands played in front of a crowd gathered on blankets and chairs Sunday, a smiling portrait of Kimberly Cates looked on … Full story    
Published:  August 6, 2012

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

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

Mont Vernon murder accomplice to appear before parole board Thursday

CONCORD – Autumn Savoy, a key figure in the aftermath of the Kimberly Cates murder in 2009, wants to get out of jail. On Thursday, … Full story    
Published:  March 8, 2012

7. Murderers sentenced in Mont Vernon home invasion; victims take back the date

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Telegraph will run the 10 biggest local stories of 2011 in the paper during the next several days. MONT VERNON – David … Full story    
Published:  December 27, 2011

Concert raises spirits, funds for Cates scholarship

HOLLIS – Extended neighbors dancing to live bands, enjoying plates of barbecue chicken and sharing good times and friendship represented more than a successful fundraiser … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2011

Lynch signs Cates Law

CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch on Tuesday signed into law the so-called Kimberly Cates Law, thereby expanding the state’s death penalty criteria to include home … Full story    
Published:  June 29, 2011

Man who helped killers sentenced videocam

NASHUA – Autumn Savoy was sentenced Wednesday to between five and 12 years in prison for his role in helping to cover up the murder … Full story    
Published:  April 28, 2011

Cates murder accomplices Glover and Marks may be banished to out-of-state prisons

Despite being sentenced to 20 and 30 years respectively, Quinn Glover and William Marks may never see the inside of the State Prison, the Union … Full story    
Published:  April 21, 2011

Gribble files appeal of Mont Vernon murder conviction

NASHUA – Convicted killer Christopher Gribble filed an appeal of his first-degree murder conviction with the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, less than a month … Full story    
Published:  April 14, 2011

Glover, Marks sentenced videocam

NASHUA – Monday might be the last time David Cates felt compelled to sit in the front row of courtroom four at the Hillsborough County … Full story    
Published:  April 5, 2011

Websites pay tribute to Cates

As with most matters of social consequence these days, the murder of Kimberly Cates played out online, as well as in the community. Some of … Full story    
Published:  April 1, 2011

Sentencings set Monday for Mont Vernon killers’ co-defendants

NASHUA – The two young men who murdered Kimberly Cates have started serving their life sentences in prison, and their accomplices are due to join … Full story    
Published:  March 31, 2011

Lawyers answer Gribble queries

HUDSON – In the aftermath of Christopher Gribble’s conviction for first-degree murder, questions still linger about the trial. How could his lawyers represent a man … Full story    
Published:  March 29, 2011

Gribble surprised Jaimie had black belt

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble stood on a wooded path with three New Hampshire state troopers in October 2009, just hours after he confessed to murdering … Full story    
Published:  March 24, 2011

7-hour police interview tape starts

NASHUA – It was a little before noon on a Monday when state trooper John Encarnacao pulled his unmarked cruiser in front of the Spader … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2011

Gribble blog: Seeing 1st criminal trial was on viewer’s list

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporter Dean Shalhoup will be blogging from the courtroom with reactions to Christopher Gribble’s trial. Follow the trial live at 9:46 a.m. … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2011

Many witnesses for prosecution in Gribble case but few likely to take stand

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporter Dean Shalhoup will be blogging from the courtroom with reactions to Christopher Gribble’s trial. Follow the trial live at 9:36 a.m. … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2011

Psychiatrist testifies Gribble not insane

NASHUA – So what if Christopher Gribble thought he might be an Angel of Death. Yes, he suffered from depression and showed evidence of a … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2011

Gribble says fellow inmates ‘have no idea who they’re messing with’

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble considers himself a dangerous man. His fellow inmates don’t know the half of it. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin asked … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2011

Witness stand is a bit less welcoming as prosecutor tightens reins

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporter Dean Shalhoup will be blogging from the courtroom with reactions to Christopher Gribble’s trial. Follow the trial live at 10:10 a.m. … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2011

Son faults home life

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble said he had a hard life. His parents were unfair and kept him at home doing schoolwork and chores instead of … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2011

Insanity rules remade to apply

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporter Dean Shalhoup will be blogging from the courtroom with reactions to Christopher Gribble’s trial. Follow the trial live at 10:18 a.m. … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2011

Defense witness in Gribble trial refuses to testify

NASHUA - William Marks, asserted his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself this morning and is essentially refusing to testify for the defense in … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2011

1 more juror in Gribble case seated, 1 to go

NASHUA – Lawyers found only one more person to sit on Christopher Gribble’s jury on Tuesday, but the insanity trial is still expected to start … Full story    
Published:  March 9, 2011

Gribble’s jury up to 14 members

Four men were added to Christopher Gribble’s jury Monday at Hillsborough County Superior Court to end the sixth day of jury selection for his insanity … Full story    
Published:  March 8, 2011

Tough road for insanity defense in NH

New Hampshire’s unique laws could make Christopher Gribble’s claim that he was insane when he slit Kimberly Cates’ throat in 2009 more difficult to prove … Full story    
Published:  March 6, 2011

Gribble awaits jurors

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble’s insanity trial in the 2009 Mont Vernon home invasion and murder likely won’t start for at least two weeks, because it … Full story    
Published:  March 1, 2011

Weather delays selection of Gribble jury

UPDATE: Monday morning’s nasty weather and resulting traffic tie-ups has delayed the start of jury selection. Officials have postponed the start by at least an … Full story    
Published:  February 28, 2011

Gribble’s lawyers add to witness list

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble’s defense attorneys added seven people to their witness list Feb. 7, four of whom work at the Hillsborough County Department of … Full story    
Published:  February 14, 2011

Gribble in court to prep for trial

NASHUA – Christopher Gribble entered shackled and smiling Friday morning as he made his final court appearance before jury selection begins for his trial in … Full story    
Published:  February 5, 2011

Expand death penalty, Cates says videocam

CONCORD – David Cates says the memory of his slain wife, Kimberly, and injured daughter, Jaimie, moved him to endorse expanding the death penalty so … Full story    
Published:  February 2, 2011

Video update: Cates testifies in support of expanding death penalty videocam

P.M. UPDATE: Testifying in support of expanding capital punishment in New Hampshire to include murder committed during a home invasion. David Cates, widower of Kimberly … Full story    
Published:  February 1, 2011