CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A jury on Friday ended its first day of deliberations with out issuing a verdict within the case of a person charged with fatally capturing a retired New Hampshire couple on a mountaineering path, with prosecutors saying he lied to police to cowl up his crimes and protection attorneys saying authorities arrested the unsuitable particular person.
Logan Clegg, 27, is charged with second-degree homicide for what prosecutors described as “knowingly and recklessly” inflicting the deaths of Stephen and Djeswende “Wendy” Reid. The couple, who had executed worldwide improvement work, had just lately retired and have been shot a number of instances after going for a stroll on the path close to their condo within the metropolis of Harmony on April 18, 2022.
The jury will resume deliberations Monday.
The Reids’ our bodies, discovered a number of days later, had been dragged into the woods and coated with leaves, sticks and particles, police stated. Clegg was dwelling in a tent close to the path on the time. His trial started Oct. 3 and attorneys delivered closing arguments Thursday.
Clegg is also charged with a number of counts of falsifying bodily proof and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. He stated in courtroom Thursday that he was responsible of the latter cost.
After the Reids have been reported lacking, Clegg, who was questioned by investigators trying to find them, offered a false title. He later burned his tent, erased info from his pc and acquired a bus ticket out of Harmony, prosecutors stated.
Investigators ultimately discovered and arrested Clegg in October 2022 in South Burlington, Vermont, with a one-way aircraft ticket to Berlin, Germany, a pretend passport, and a gun in his backpack.
Prosecutors stated that his repeated lies, try to flee and the gun in his backpack provided clear proof of his guilt.
“The state has confirmed to you … that the defendant, and the defendant solely, killed Stephen and Wendy,” prosecutor Joshua Speicher stated, describing the killing as mindless. “Now we have confirmed this past an inexpensive doubt. Now we have confirmed to you ways he did it, when he did it, the place he did it.”
Speicher added, “What we don’t know is why. We simply don’t know.”
Clegg’s attorneys stated he didn’t kill the Reids, and that the one motive he gave police an alias and left New Hampshire was as a result of he had been hiding from the authorities after violating his probation from 2021 on housebreaking and theft expenses in Utah. They stated he had already hung out abroad, in Portugal, earlier than transferring again to the USA.
Protection lawyer Mariana Dominguez stated the state’s case was filled with holes.
“Logan Clegg is just not responsible,” she informed the jury in her closing arguments. “Police investigated, however as an alternative of wanting on the science and on the proof with clear eyes, they speculated. They assumed. … They noticed solely what they needed to see. They obtained the unsuitable man.”
Clegg’s attorneys stated an evaluation of shell casings and bullets discovered within the space couldn’t conclude that his gun fired the photographs and that the casings might have come from a wide range of weapons.
“They don’t know what gun killed the Reids,” Dominguez informed the jury, including that police “solely had eyes” for Clegg’s gun.
However prosecutors stated the bullets and casings got here from Clegg’s gun.
Each side additionally gave differing accounts of a girl who was strolling on the path together with her canine and allowed the Reids to move her and stroll forward. She later heard gunshots, then got here throughout a person on the path earlier than persevering with her hike.
Protection attorneys argued that the person she noticed on the path was not Clegg as a result of the clothes he had on didn’t match the prosecution’s description.