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Nov 17, 2015 6:05 PM

Kibby defense team challenges evidence presented against man accused of kidnapping teen for 9 months

LACONIA – The man accused of kidnapping, assaulting and holding a teenage girl captive for more than nine months appeared in Belknap Superior Court to challenge some of the evidence in the case.

Nathaniel Kibby is indicted on 205 charges, a majority are involving sexual assaults.

Investigators said Kibby coerced a 14-year-old girl into his vehicle as she was leaving a Conway school in October of 2013, and then held her against her will in his Gorham home.

During her captivity the alleged victim said she was sexually assaulted, had her eyes taped shut and was threatened by Kibby if she were to escape and reveal his identity.

The girl returned home on July 20, 2014 and Kibby was arrested one week later.

Investigators executed 10 search warrants in and around Kibby’s home, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

The defense argued for items seized in the warrants to be suppressed and stated the warrants did not specify particular items.

The defense asked the Senior A.G. Young be removed from the case, citing threats Kibby allegedly made against Young during a recorded phone call. Hon. Judge Larry M. Smukler ruled against the motion and Young continues to lead the case.

The state called the former State Trooper who was assigned to drive Kibby to the Conway Police Department to the stand. James Michael Berube said Kibby seemed anxious in the back seat and read a portion of his police report, detailing what Kibby said:

“I know it doesn’t affect you but I made a vow to somebody and I apologize for what I did,” Berube said.

One of Kibby’s attorneys stated the alleged victim changed her story, giving different details about the vehicle description and whether she was forced at gunpoint to obey him during the alleged kidnapping.

Young said her story details changed because Kibby threatened her if she told the truth.

“He led her to believe that her family, law enforcement, bystanders or even her pets would be hurt if she told the true story of her nine months in captivity,” Young said.

Judge Smukler is expected to rule of the motions regarding evidence within a few days. The next hearing has been set for February 16th and 17th. The trial is set to begin in March.

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