Judge won't toss verdict in elder abuse caseBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 12. 2018 8:18PM
BRENTWOOD — A judge refused to toss a jury’s verdict after a woman convicted of leaving her elderly mother on the floor of her Exeter home for several days before her death complained about her legal representation and how the case was handled.
Rockingham County Superior Court Judge N. William Delker denied a motion filed by Katherine Saintil-Brown seeking to vacate the verdict after a hearing Friday.
Saintil-Brown, 54, of Houston, Texas, was convicted in January of negligent homicide, failing to report elder abuse, and criminal neglect of an elder adult.
She was charged after an investigation into the death of her mother, Nancy Parker, who was left on the floor of her home for five days in her own urine and feces before she called for help.
Saintil-Brown, who remains free on bail, faces up to 15 years in state prison when she’s sentenced on April 2.
Her daughter, Meritel Saintil, 34, was convicted of negligent homicide and failing to report elder abuse in a separate trial and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison.
Saintil-Brown is represented by public defenders Deanna Campbell and Kristen Guilmette, but she filed the handwritten motion to vacate the verdict last month on her own.
Among other things, she claimed that jurors were prejudiced because they were exposed to “pre media,” citing “multiple interviews” given by Assistant Attorney General Brandon Garod about her case before the trial.
She also argued her daughter being sentenced on the same day her trial began and in the same building “created a prejudice.”
Saintil-Brown pointed the finger at her lawyers as well, saying they didn’t tell the judge and jury that she’s disabled and claimed she wasn’t able to testify “based on bad advice, which would have cleared everything up.”
Saintil-Brown became emotional as she spoke to the judge via telephone during Friday’s hearing, but he wasn’t convinced that her case was mishandled.
Guilmette and Campbell told the court that they are committed to her case and are willing and able to continue to represent her.
Judge Delker told Saintil-Brown that he realized she was upset with the verdict, but pointed out that two separate trials reached the same verdict, referring to her daughter’s trial.
“I think the lawyers in both cases did a superb job,” Delker told her.
He said he found no reason why they couldn’t continue with her case, adding that her sentencing hearing will remain scheduled for next month.