Belknap County courthouse

Nov 15, 2015 3:35 PM

Murder charges dismissed against Laconia man deemed incompetent; he may face civil commitment

LACONIA - Murder charges against Kasey Riley have been dismissed by a Belknap County Superior Court judge after he was declared incompetent and unable to be restored to competency.

According to the Laconia Citizen, Riley was also determined to be dangerous to himself and others and may remain in custody as part of a civil commitment.

Riley, who was age 19 at the time, was charged in the July 2013 death of his roommate Zachary March at a support home for those with mental illness.

Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said once a dangerous finding has been made, state law requires that a person will be held for up to 90 days to allow for an additional evaluation.

With the dismissal of the criminal charges on Friday, a probate court judge could require Riley to be held at the Secure Psychiatric Unit on the grounds of the state prison in Concord for up to five years, at which time, he'd be re-evaluated and could be re-committed for another five-year period.

Earlier this month, Dr. Albert Drukteinis, who had done an earlier evaluation of Riley, determined that he remained incompetent and that continued treatment was unlikely to improve his condition to the point where he could understand the charges against him or aid in his own defense.

The criminal charges were ordered dismissed “without prejudice” which means the state could seek new indictments against Riley in the future were he to become competent.

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