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The girls ranged in age from 12 to 19, police said. The younger girls were also reportedly stabbed in the chest.

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Officials say prison swaps common

Steven Spader

Furnished by State of New Jersey Department of Corrections

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Convicted murderer Steven Spader has been moved from New Hampshire to a prison in New Jersey.

Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Spader, 22, was moved to the New Jersey State Prison on Feb. 15.

Spokesman Jeff Lyons said it’s not uncommon to send inmates to other states in exchange for other inmates, but officials don’t give specific reasons for such transfers.

Lyons said the most common reasons for a transfer are that the inmate is a threat to the institution or the inmate’s personal safety might be threatened without a move.

Spader was convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2009 machete killing of Kimberly Cates, of Mont Vernon. He was also convicted of attempted murder for the attack on Cates’ daughter, Jaimie Cates.

Christopher Gribble was also convicted of murder in the case.

Lyons said New Hampshire has more than 100 inmates serving sentences in other states.


Man pleaded guilty to attempted murder

Man pleads guilty in shooting

NASHUA, N.H. – A Manchester man has been sentenced to 20 to 80 years in prison for shooting at an officer during a pursuit last year.

The Hillsborough County attorney’s office says 22-year-old Garrett Gauthier pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and nine other charges, including drug possession and resisting arrest.

The shooting happened April 12, 2013, when Gauthier ran from a car during a traffic stop. He shot at Officer Aaron Brown from a distance of 7 to 10 yards and missed, then continued running.

Gauthier’s attorney argued that his client should be sentenced to 15 to 40 years and told the judge Gauthier had a major drug addiction that had spiraled out of control.

The judge agreed with the prosecution’s recommendation.


Mack Williams Jr. held on $10,000 bail

AUBURN, Maine — Auburn police have charged a city man with attempted murder for allegedly using an electrical cord to choke his girlfriend.

Mack Williams Jr. was held Monday at Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail following a court appearance.

The Sun Journal reports that police say they were called to his home at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by a roommate who reported that the 30-year-old Williams and his girlfriend had argued and the argument had turned physical.

The roommate said Williams also attacked him.

Williams’ girlfriend told police that the argument started because she thought he had cheated on her.

Williams told police that his girlfriend had swung her arms at him and he does not remember using the electrical cord.


Man wanted in connection with home invasion, attempted murder

HENNIKER, N.H. — A man who is wanted in Florida for attempted murder was arrested in New Hampshire last week.

Henniker police said Adam Hale was arrested after officers stopped to help a car that was stuck in a snow bank. Hale was a passenger in that car.

According to authorities, Hale is wanted in connection with a violent home invasion and the attempted murder of a 78-year-old man.

Hale is being held in New Hampshire as a fugitive from justice.


Fla. jury finds man who shot, killed teenager after argument over loud music guilty of 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - A Florida jury found the man who shot and killed a teenager after an argument over loud music guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder Saturday but was deadlocked on the top count of first-degree murder, for which a mistrial was declared.

Jury finds Michael Dunn guilty on 4 of 5 counts

The jury also convicted Michael Dunn of the fifth count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

“He’s in disbelief, and it has not sunk in,” Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, told reporters following the jury’s verdict, which was reached after more than 30 hours of deliberations. Strolla said Dunn’s parents were devastated.

“I have no earthly clue what I could have done differently,” Strolla said.

Dunn, 47, shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station on the evening of Nov. 23, 2012. Dunn fired 10 shots in three short bursts at the red Dodge Durango that Davis and three other teens were riding in. Davis was hit three times and died at the scene.

Dunn now faces a prison sentence of at least 60 years, and State Attorney Angela Corey told reporters she would seek to retry him on the first-degree murder charge.

Dunn testified that he fired in self-defense after being threatened by Davis and seeing what he thought was the barrel of a shotgun through the SUV’s window, but the prosecution argued that he had shot at the teens because he felt disrespected.

Dunn first encountered Davis just minutes before the shooting began. Davis was sitting in the backseat of the Durango waiting for his friend, Tommie Stornes, to purchase gum and cigarettes, when Dunn pulled into the parking space beside the SUV. The teens were blasting loud music and Dunn asked them to turn it down. The teen in the front seat, Tevin Thompson, obliged, but turned the music back up after Davis objected.

Davis and Dunn then began a verbal back and forth. Dunn told the jury during his testimony on Tuesday that Davis threatened to kill him, but Davis’ friends said they did not hear him threaten Dunn. Dunn testified that he saw Davis getting out of the car and feared for his life, so he started shooting. The state’s medical examiner testified that the trajectory of Dunn’s bullets into Davis’ body showed that Davis was sitting down when he was shot.

Dunn left the scene and never called police to report the incident, even after seeing on the news that night that someone had died.

The case has received national attention in part because of Florida’s self-defense laws, which allow a person to use deadly force if he has a reasonable fear he is about to be attacked or killed.

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