OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday put off ruling on whether to move evidence including the house of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months.
Nathaniel Kibby is charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez Oct. 9, as she walked home from high school. She returned home two weeks ago, but investigators have not revealed details of her disappearance or return.
At a hearing on Wednesday, public defender Jesse Friedman said Kibby, 34, maintains his innocence and that moving the structures would prevent him from determining what people saw or heard on the property. Kibby was arrested at his home on July 28.
"We're entitled to do our own testing, come up with our own photographs and diagrams," Friedman said.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young agreed not to move the structures until the judge rules.
Young argued that investigators were seeking to preserve the evidence by moving it to a more secure location. She noted that Kibby owns the trailer, but not the land it sits on, and the trailer park owners would be free to remove the trailer if the rent on the land continues to go unpaid while Kibby is jailed on $1 million bail.
Young said that posting a guard on the property round-the-clock would be too expensive and noted that the case's compelling elements and the national media attention will attract gawkers and intruders.
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