Verdict due in trial of man charged with killing state trooper in crash
The man accused of killing State Trooper Thomas Clardy in a 2016 crash while he was allegedly high on marijuana is expected to receive the judge’s verdict today at 3 p.m. Testimony in the case against David Njuguna, 33, of Webster, wrapped up on Oct. 29. He faces multiple charges, including manslaughter. Prosecutors allege that […]Testimony in the case against David Njuguna, 33, of Webster, wrapped up on Oct. 29. He faces multiple charges, including manslaughter.
WORCESTER — At the request of David K. Njuguna, the Webster man, a judge reappointed lawyers Peter L. Ettenberg and Jaclyn R. Greenhalgh Wednesday to represent him.
Sentencing in Njuguna's case is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Worcester Superior Court.
Judge To Reveal Verdict In Trial Of Man Charged In Trooper Thomas Clardy Death
A verdict is expected Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a driver charged in the death of a Massachusetts State Trooper. © Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc.Prosecutors say 33-year-old David Njuguna of Webster was speeding when he crashed into the back of Trooper Thomas Clardy’s parked cruiser on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton on March 16, 2016.Njuguna was indicted on several charges including manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of drugs. Prosecutors say marijuana was found in his car and THC was found in blood samples taken from him roughly an hour after the crash.
On Nov. 12, after a jury-waived trial that began Oct. 28, Judge Janet Kenton-Walker found the 33-year-old Njuguna guilty of involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in a March 16, 2016, crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton that resulted in the death of Clardy, a 44-year-old father of seven from Hudson.
The judge also found Njuguna guilty of driving so as to endanger and driving an uninsured motor vehicle and not guilty on charges of manslaughter while driving under the influence of marijuana and motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of marijuana.
Police seek potential witnesses to murder of Boston delivery driver
The Vermont State Police is asking for the public's help in identifying potential witnesses to a Nov. 1 shooting that left a Boston delivery driver dead. Authorities released photos of a silver pickup truck, believed to be a 2016 or newer Toyota Tacoma SR5 with a truck bed cover and a bug visor. Sign up for our Newsletters State police say the truck was caught on surveillance passing through the area of Rockingham on Route 103 where 44-year-old Antonio Fonseca-Rivera was found shot to death in his work vehicle.Fonseca-Rivera's death was ruled a homicide by the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner's Office.
Kenton-Walker found that Njuguna was driving recklessly when his 2011 Nissan Maxima crashed into the rear of Clardy's cruiser at 80 mph. The cruiser was in the breakdown lane and Clardy was conducting a motor vehicle stop at the time of the crash.
On Nov. 4, after the close of evidence, but before the verdicts were announced, Kenton-Walker allowed a motion filed by Ettenberg and Greenhalgh asking that they be allowed to withdraw from the case. Thes ability to effectively represent him.
Lawyer Michael S. Hussey was appointed to replace Ettenberg and Greenhalgh.
Worcester Fire Department lieutenant dies battling 4-alarm blaze
A Worcester fire lieutenant died and several firefighters were injured early Wednesday in a fire in a multi-family home. Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard died while battling the fire at 7 Stockholm St. He leaves his wife, Tina, and three children. Sign up for our Newsletters When Ladder 5 arrived at the burning building just before 1 a.m. there was heavy fire coming from the building, and firefighters were told that a baby was trapped on the third floor.The fire grew to four alarms, and at one point, firefighters issued a mayday call from the third floor of the building."Lt.
In an unusual turn of events, Hussey and Njuguna appeared before Kenton-Walker Wednesday morning and Hussey asked to be allowed to withdraw from the case.
Hussey told the judge he had met recently with Njuguna, who expressed a desire to either have Ettenberg represent him once again or to represent himself at Thursday's sentencing hearing.
Under questioning by the judge, Njuguna said he now had confidence that Ettenberg could effectively represent him.
Kenton-Walker allowed Hussey to withdraw and reappointed Ettenberg and Greenhalgh.
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