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New Hampshire stabbing shows challenges of building a case

Police in a town about 50 miles southwest of Rochester say they definitely know a crime was committed. What they don't know is exactly what happened.

They have a victim; a 24-year-old man who suffered stab wounds. They say the victim is expected to live, but they don't know exactly how many times he was stabbed or apparently by whom. And officials say they have conflicting stories about events surrounding the attack from the victim and at least one witness.

Such lack of clarity is one reason why anyone who might fear facing criminal charges, even serious violent crime allegations as seem to exist in this case, should resist panicking. The better thing to do would be to consult with an attorney experienced with criminal defense.

Police in Litchfield say they were called to the scene of the apparent stabbing attack on Sunday afternoon. When they got there, they say they found the victim bleeding in the middle of the road. Witnesses who were at the scene as officers arrived reportedly scattered, but investigators were able to track several of them down and question them.

The victim, too, reportedly was conscious and able to tell police his version of what happened. But officials say his story didn't mesh with what another individual told them, so police are doing a little more digging. All the police chief is saying right now is that "definitely some sort of crime happened."

At the time this post is written, there's no word that anyone has been arrested or even that police have a suspect in mind. 

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Police identify, speak with Litchfield stabbing witnesses," Kimberly Houghton, March 17, 2014

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