KEENE, N.H. >> Wednesday afternoon, a Chesterfield man pleaded not guilty and was held without bail for a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his father.
Peter Giandalone, 23, appeared at the Cheshire County Courthouse in Keene in handcuffs on Wednesday at approximately 1:14 p.m. Judge John Kissinger found probable cause for the second-degree murder charge and theft by unauthorized taking for fleeing with his father's car. Kissinger ordered Giandalone to be held without bail in the slaying of his father, John Giandalone, 64. According to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, Giandalone used a knife to injure his father in the neck on July 12, a wound from which the elder Giandalone died.
According to Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, there are no other suspects in connection to this homicide and from here, defense counsel may ask for probable cause or bail hearing, which is up to defense counsel. No dates have been set yet. Hinckley further noted that no affidavits are being released to the public.
"That's standard in these types of investigations, which still is in an active investigation, we often ask for the affidavits to be sealed," said Hinckley. "We don't want to chill investigative efforts and we don't want to have any improper influences of witnesses, so as a matter of course we do ask for the sealing of the affidavits and the court granted that.
Further, Hinckley said they came to agreement that defense counsel could have access to the affidavit with a protective order to share the information with their client and defense team, but not with the general public.
Hinckley stated that once the investigation is complete, the affidavits will be made available to the public. However, this remains and active investigation.
After the alleged attack on July 12, which occurred at the Giandalone home on Herrick Road in Chesterfield, Peter Giandalone fled the state. On Sunday he was found and taken into custody in South Carolina.
Peter Giandalone was supposed to have been under house arrest in his parent's home, after being charged with passing forged $100 bills. Giandalone is also wanted in Brattleboro, Vt., as a suspect in the robbery of the Putney Road Dunkin Donuts in May.
Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275