NH1 News Investigates Wrongfully Convicted?: Chad Evans maintains innocence in toddler's death
BERLIN - Convicted of killing a toddler more than a decade ago, and to this day, Chad Evans maintains his innocence.
At the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, he's inmate 75414.
That’s Chad Evans, and he’s convicted of killing his then girlfriend's 21-month-old toddler, Kassidy.
When asked point-blank if killed Kassidy Bortner, he responded, “No. I did not kill Kassidy.”
But the jury found otherwise, and Evans is now serving 43 years to life.
Kassidy died on Nov. 9, 2000, while she was in the care of her babysitter, Jeff Marshall.
Evans and Marshall had worked together and were at one point friends.
“He wasn't a parent and he probably wasn't the best person to be watching her,” said Evans, referring to Marshall babysitting Kassidy.
Evans believes law enforcement had the case open and shut from the very beginning,
In court, prosecutors showed Kassidy had bruises on her stomach, face, arms and legs but Evans claimed many of those were accidents, including one that played a major role in her death.
“She was just playing in the cab of the truck and and the window happened to be down and she fell out it. It's a horrible accident situation,” Evans said.
Evans claims that fall led to a traumatic brain injury and that’s the major reason for Kassidy’s death.
Senior New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin refuted Evans’ claims on Tuesday releasing this statement to NH1 News saying in part,
“...We have reviewed many claims made by Evans and his investigator over the years and none cause any real doubt that Evans is guilty...There is no legitimate basis to question the jury's verdict and reopen the case.”
Evans noted the mistakes he believed he made.
“How can anybody be a parent and not feel that they failed a child for 10 days who had those systems,” Evans said choking up and barely finishing his sentence.
Evans said he willing to take any test and along with modern forensics technology to clear his name.
“We all failed her, and I think the fact that the AG's office is not willing to look at the truth of the matter is failing her now,” Evans said.
One representative of Kassidy Bortner’s family said the jury made the right decision and that law enforcement and the Attorney General's office did their job.
She went on to say that Chad Evans is indeed the killer.
Watch NH1 News at 10 p.m. Wednesday as a representative who believe Evans is innocent talks about the recent actions he has taken to get a new trial for Evans.