Ryan Marchant

Apr 16, 2015 5:35 PM

Ryan Marchant to be retried for negligent homicide


DOVER - A Massachusetts man who allegedly killed a retired judge during a motor vehicle crash in 2013 is scheduled to be retried on a negligent homicide charge in August.

In January, jurors deadlocked as they deliberated the state's case against Ryan Marchant, 24, of Wakefield, Mass. Marchant was allegedly speeding and passing a motor vehicle when his car crashed into Judge Bruce Larson in Durham on Feb. 23, 2013.

Marchant and his friend, Martin Hyppolite, a football player at the University of Connecticut, were also injured in the collision.

Hyppolite suffered from a fractured hip and was in the hospital for two days, but was able to resume playing football the following season, never missing a game, according to court records.

Marchant was more seriously injured. He spent two weeks in Beth Isreal Hospital in Boston, where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

Marchant had a ruptured diaphram, lacerated spleed, broken pelvis, two broken femur bones, a punctured lung, broken ribs, and he broke every bone in his right hand, according to court documents.

Assistant County Attorney Andrea Mitrushi said on Thursday that she notified the court of her decision to retry on Monday, during a status conference at Strafford County Superior Court. Her office decided to continue proceedings against Marchant after talking with members of the previous jury.

"It was super helpful to be able to talk with them to see if there is something we need to readdress," Mitrushi said.

Although Marchant was found guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated and is spending 12 months in the Strafford County House of Corrections during the proceedings, court records indicate he was a beloved member of the Wakefield, Mass., community.

A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Marchant was the captain of his high school soccer and basketball team. He taught summer school and started a council to combat racism and bullying.

Now, his lawyer will have to help him decide if he wants to proceed with another trial, or plead guilty to the negligent homicide charge against him.


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