Evidence hearing in N.H. teen kidnap case postponed


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A hearing on the evidence against a New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from Conway 10 months ago is being postponed until next month.

Prosecutors were scheduled to air their evidence against 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby at a hearing Tuesday. Lawyers for both sides agreed Friday to postpone that hearing for one month, according to court documents.

Kibby, of Gorham, is charged with kidnapping Abigail "Abby" Hernandez Oct. 9, sometime after the 14-year-old left Kennett High School in Conway.

Now 15, Abby returned home the night of July 20. Investigators have not revealed details of her kidnapping and return.

Kibby was arrested at his trailer July 28.

A judge is weighing whether to bar investigators from moving Kibby's trailer and a large container to a more secure site.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young argued at a hearing Wednesday that investigators are seeking to preserve the evidence by moving it to a more secure location. She noted that Kibby owns the trailer, but not the land it sits on, and the trailer park owners would be free to remove the trailer if the rent on the land continues to go unpaid while Kibby is jailed on $1 million bail.

Young said that posting a guard on the property round-the-clock would be too expensive and noted that the case's compelling elements and the national media attention will attract gawkers and intruders.

Public defender Jesse Friedman said that moving the structures would prevent him from determining what people saw or heard on the property. He filed a motion to block prosecutors from moving his client's property.

Albee said she would rule on the defense motion as soon as possible.


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