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Strange New Hampshire stabbing case

Rochester residents have been reading news reports of a stabbing not far from here. The reports out of Allentown have been shrouded in mystery, however.

 We do know an 18-year-old Allentown woman was stabbed and that two people - a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, both of Barnstead  - have been charged, but we don't yet know what police believe was their motive. The female suspect is charged with first-degree assault and the male suspect faces a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The man is being held on $500,000 bail, while the woman is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail.

According to police, the stabbing occurred when the two women were in the suspect's red Mitsubishi in Bear Brook State Park.  

Police have not described a motive, however they are ruling out jealousy, saying there was "no romantic relationship" between the woman who was stabbed and the male suspect.

A prosecutor said the action was "more calculated."

The male suspect was arrested last September after the female suspect said she was assaulted by him. His release on bail included a protective order for her, but the pair apparently gave the same address to court officials in the stabbing case.

So it's far from clear what motive police attribute to the two suspects they have arrested, nor is it clear if either one is guilty as charged. Fortunately, our criminal justice system doesn't render verdicts based on news articles or speculation. 

Instead, a court will carefully weigh the evidence and the arguments presented by a criminal defense attorney before making a decision. Until then, both suspects are to be presumed innocent.

Source: Concord Monitor, "Man arrested in Allenstown stabbing on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder," Daira Cline, Feb. 1, 2014

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