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NH waits on Mass. trial in brutal Bedford home invasion case

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 27. 2014 10:00PM


New Hampshire authorities will wait for Charles Normil to stand trial in connection with a Massachusetts home invasion before returning him to the Granite State to face charges for his alleged role in attacking a Bedford anesthesiologist and his wife during a 2012 home invasion.

Normil, 33, formerly of Lawrence, Mass., is scheduled to go on trial March 24 in Essex County Superior Court in Salem, Mass., on charges stemming from a Dec. 14, 2012, home invasion in Methuen, Mass. The trial initially was scheduled to begin Jan. 13.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia M. LaFrance said she will wait for the Massachusetts trial to end before beginning proceedings against Normil here.

LaFrance said she might reevaluate how to proceed if his trial is delayed past March 24. She said she and the Essex (Mass.) District Attorney have been coordinating their cases against Normil.

A Hillsborough County grand jury indicted Normil last September on 13 counts, ranging from attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, four counts of forcible rape, burglary and falsifying physical evidence.

Normil is accused of breaking into the Bedford home of Dr. Eduardo Quesada and his wife, Sonia, on Nov. 24, 2012. Normil allegedly maimed Dr. Quesada, 53, by stabbing him in the head with a screwdriver and sexually mutilated and partially blinded Sonia Quesada, 29.

She died six weeks after the attack from a prescription drug overdose; her death was not ruled a homicide.

Authorities said Normil and his accomplice targeted the Quesadas’ home at random.

His accomplice remains in federal custody. Authorities have refused to disclose his name.

Normil has been held on $250,000 cash bail in Massachusetts and not yet been formally arraigned on the New Hampshire indictments.

The court issued a default warrant and detainer against him in October.

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