Nathaniel Kibby's lawyers want to question victim, have evidence suppressed
The Gorham man facing more than 200 charges in the kidnapping and rape case involving a teenage girl appeared in court Wednesday.
Attorney’s for Nathaniel Kibby are arguing to have some evidence suppressed.
The trial is a little more than two months away and attorney’s for Nathaniel Kibby say they want access to some of the same people the state has questioned, including the victim herself.
There are 43,000 pages of evidence in the case against Nathaniel Kibby, including hours of recorded conversations with the teenager who says Kibby held her captive in his home for months.
But Kibby’s attorneys want their own pretrial interview with her.
"We do not know what to expect as to the timeline," Kibby's attorney Jesse Friedman. "We’re aware that at some point she was going to say she was bound and at some point she was free."
The state says the defense will be able to question her during trial.
The defense also wants to speak with the victim's guidance counselors and sister because during a police interview there was a reference to a pornography addiction.
The state calls that speculation.
"There must be more there – that’s a classic fishing expedition," prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys also want to hear from a member of the FBI who specializes in cell phone records and was among the first on scene when Kibby was arrested.
However, he isn't likely to be a witness during trial, so the judge said the defense will likely need to get permission from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The defense is also trying drop anything submitted after Dec. 15, including impressions from the bed frame in Kibby's home a counterfeit expert and cell phone records.
And they want clarity about a jailhouse informant who said Kibby was innocent.
The judge is expected to rule on today’s motions in about a week.
The jury selection in this case begins July 20.