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Jun 20, 2016 3:17 PM

Trial begins for man accused of 'brutal' physical and sexual assaults in Bedford home invasion


A Massachusetts man began trial for charges he faces in connection to a Bedford home invasion back in 2012 on Monday.

Charles Normil is facing attempted murder, assault, felonious sexual assault and falsifying evidence charges.

The prosecution began opening arguments by painting a picture of a cold November night when Normil allegedly decided he was going to rob one of the Bedford mansions on Proclamation Court.

“He said, ‘I told you I wasn’t playing. I told you I was getting this money. I told you I don’t give a expletive,’” said Assistant Hillsborough Attorney Rose-Marie Balboni, reading as the defendant. “I asked them where the money was and I asked them where the safe was.”

It was suggested that what started out as a robbery for quick cash escalated into brutal physical and sexual assaults on the homeowners, Dr. Eduardo Quesada and his wife, Sonia.

“There was a little screw driver there. I punched and struck him with it,” said Balboni, reading Normil’s words.

Attorneys alleged that Normil used household items like a screw driver and coat hanger to harm the Quesadas and bringing Eduardo within inches of his life.

“They found 20 4x4 and cross-like, penetrating stab wounds in his head and in his forehead just like a Philips head screw driver,” said Balboni of the emergency surgery Dr. Quesada had in 2012.

The prosecution prided themselves on a witness the jury is expected to hear from Tuesday, Nathan Lamontagne, an accomplice to the crime who will testify against Normil.

The defense already put the idea out that his testimony may be for his own benefit.

“Nathan cut a deal with the prosecutors," said Sarah Rothman a defense attorney. "If Nathan does not testify against Charles then he spends more time in prison."

The jury concluded Monday’s proceedings by visiting several sites important to the crimes committed back in 2012, including the home where Quesada and his wife lived.

It is important to note that Sonia Quesada was found dead six weeks after this crime was committed. Normil is not facing charges related to her death and investigators said the home invasion is separate from the Sonia’s death investigation. Further testimony is set to begin Tuesday morning.

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