Jun 30, 2016 10:00 AM
2nd former inmate testifies against Normil, DNA evidence remains ambiguous in 2012 break-in trial
Testimony continued against a Massachusetts man facing charges in connection to a home break-in at the home of Eduardo and Sonia Quesada in Bedford back in 2012.
Another former inmate, Jerome Tibbs, testified against the defendant Thursday.
“He indicated to me that he could not and he would not let me testify in this New Hampshire matter,” Tibbs said against the defendant, Charles Normil.
Tibbs knew Normil from when the two were incarcerated together. Normil is currently serving a sentence for a Massachusetts home break-in. Tibbs testified against Normil in that case and was eager to do so in the current Bedford case.
“Mr. Normil entered into my cell with a knife and asked me why I had testified against him,” said Tibbs, who described Normil as being hostile towards him after learning he was sharing information with authorities.
Tibbs also said Normil asked him to find a way to take care of Nathan Lamontagne after he made a deal and confessed to police.
“Getting Nathan killed, ma’am,” Tibbs said, outlining what the defendant meant by "taking care of Nate."
“Did you guys talk price?” asked Assistant County Attorney Anne-Marie Balboni.
Tibbs replied, “25,000 dollars, ma’am.”
The state rested its case, and then the defense began to call witnesses, one of which was a representative from the public defender’s office who testified that Normil even complied to a cheek swab test to extract an accurate DNA sample.
“Placed it against the inside of his right cheek and then scrapped,” said Jared Liamos, an investigator with the public defender’s office.
Normil’s DNA was compared to this most accurate sample from a cheek-swab test, and was not detected on any of the items allegedly taken from the crime scene at 7 Proclamation Court, the Quesada's residence.
No trial is scheduled for Friday or next Monday. The jury is expected to return for one last witness's testimony next Tuesday and closing arguments are set for next Wednesday.