Jul 11, 2016 12:53 PM
Man found not guilty of attempted murder in Bedford home break-in, guilty on 12 charges
MANCHESTER – A verdict has been reached in the trial of a man accused of a violent Bedford home break-in and assault in 2012.
Charles Normil - who was facing 14 charges, including felonious sexual assault, burglary and attempted murder for a violent Bedford home break-in and assault - was found not guilty on the attempted murder charge, but guilty on 12 other charges.
It took jurors almost a week to reach the verdict. They began deliberating just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Normil was accused of breaking into the home of Dr. Eduardo Quesada and his wife back on Nov. 24, 2012.
Prosecutors said Normil and Nathan Lamontagne drove to the home on Proclamation Court and pried open a window. Normil went inside while Lamontagne kept watch. In exchange for a plea deal, Lamontagne testified against Normil. He said he saw the Quesadas return home from the movies while Normil was still inside.
Lamontagne said he helped Normil dispose of evidence in ponds in Milford and Amherst.
Dr. Quesada testified that his wife entered the home first and yelled "intruder" in Spanish. When he entered the home he was beaten with a screw driver and knocked unconscious. Sonia Quesada was then sexually assaulted, prosecutors said.
Dr. Quesada said they were attacked by a tall, black man in a ski mask who was wearing gloves.
“It was the look of a man without a soul,” Dr. Quesada had testified.
Normil is currently serving a 25-year sentence in Massachusetts for a different home break-in and assault. He will be sent to New Hampshire to serve time.