May 20, 2016 12:21 PM

Robbery charges dropped against Nashua murder suspect

NASHUA - One of two men accused of killing a man on the city’s bike path last year has had two charges in connection with the murder dropped.

The Union-Leader reported robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges were dropped against Stephan Peno, 21, of Nashua, but the second-degree murder charge will stand.

Peno along with Jonathan Goff, 18, also of Nashua, are accused of assaulting Benjamin Marcum, stomping on his head, face and chest and stabbing him with a knife in the torso, leg, shoulder and head during the March 2015 attack. One of the accused stole Marcum’s wallet and discarded it in a dumpster following the incident. Goff is also accused of concealing evidence by throwing the knife in a waste receptacle, according to court records.

Both men are being held without bail on murder charges. Peno’s trial is scheduled to take place on Dec. 6 and he also faces charges of falsifying physical evidence. Goff goes on trial in February 2017 and is charged with alternate counts of first- and second-degree murder.

Marcum was discovered lying on a city bike path with multiple stab wounds. Goff was arrested two days later, accused of killing the stranger, and Peno was arrested several weeks later.

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