DOVER — A Lee man accused of shooting his son in the neck during a domestic violence incident is on trial this week at Strafford County Superior Court.
Mark Chilcott allegedly shot 22-year-old Trevor Chilcott inside his home on Jan. 20, 2018. He is charged with felony-level assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.
On Tuesday, Mark Chilcott’s defense attorney, Harry Starbranch, worked to establish the theory that his client was in fear for his life and the life of Gillian Coombs on the night in question.
During cross-examination of Trevor Chilcott, Starbranch pushed him to talk about a Dec. 9, 2017, motor vehicle crash where cocaine and a tranquilizer were found at the scene. Trevor Chilcott was brought to the hospital and later charged with drug possession and driving while intoxicated.
Trevor Chilcott and Coombs, who is his mother, were fighting about his legal troubles on their way from work at 401 Tavern in Hampton on Jan. 20, 2018, according to police records.
Mark Chilcott claims he woke up to fighting and fired a “warning shot” around 1:40 a.m., after Trevor Chilcott threw a phone at Coombs and dragged the woman down a second-floor hallway.
Trevor Chilcott, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, said he understands that he can be intimidating because of his size, but he never expected his father to pull a gun on him.
“I was terrified. I had a gun in my face,” Trevor Chilcott told Starbranch.
Trevor Chilcott described looking down the barrel of the .45 caliber black Smith & Wesson Shield handgun right before Mark Chilcott pulled the trigger. The bullet hit him just below the jaw.
“I still deal with a considerable amount of traumatic stress,” Trevor Chilcott said. “He shouldn’t have shot me.”
Authorities were alerted to the situation after Trevor Chilcott ran to the Lee Public Safety Building for help. A responding officer found him on the ground in front of the lobby doors covered in blood.
Mark Chilcott’s jury trial is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 27 years in prison.