Mass. man charged with attempted murder to stand trial in NH this month
BRENTWOOD - A Massachusetts man charged with attempted murder will face a jury of his peers, starting July 27.
Walton Valentin, of Methuen, Mass., allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend and forced her to bring him to a Salem motel at gunpoint in 2013. Valentin has also been charged with kidnapping, assault, criminal threatening, theft by unauthorized taking and violation of a protective order.
He could spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted.
Valentin's alleged victim was deposed Tuesday during a closed hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Earlier, the woman told prosecutors Valentin pointed a gun to her stomach, pulling the trigger once. After the gun jammed, Valentin allegedly began choking the woman and struck her in the face with his firearm.
After the woman escaped from the Park View Inn, Valentin fled to New York City, where police found him hiding in a Bronx deli.
He was tried and convicted on stalking and assault charges in Massachusetts on Nov. 21.
Valentin has been sentenced to four to five years in prison for his behavior in Massachusetts, where he violated protective restraining orders the woman had placed against him.
Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Haggar argued before the deposition that the woman should be videotaped during it, and her interview should be used as evidence, if she tries to avoid testifying at Valentin's trial.
Haggar said the woman has a history of failing to appear, but is hopeful she will take the witness stand at the upcoming trial.
The state has offered the woman immunity in exchange for her testimony.
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