Judge holds closed-door bail hearing in Hanover drive-by shooting case

  • Gage Young, of Lebanon, appeared with Public Defender Jamie Brooks, right, in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., to plead not guilty to charges including second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and falsifying physical evidence Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Gage is accused of shooting of an 18-year-old Providence College student in Hanover, N.H., Friday night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2020 9:53:26 PM
Modified: 1/16/2020 9:52:33 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — Grafton Superior Court Judge Lawrence MacLeod held a closed-door bail hearing Thursday in the case of a Lebanon man accused in a 2018 drive-by shooting that injured a visiting student a block from the Dartmouth Green.

MacLeod had not issued an order on the hearing by Thursday afternoon, though Grafton County Attorney Marcie Hornick confirmed that Gage Young was still being held in jail Thursday.

It’s the second hearing that’s been closed to the public this week in the case of the 23-year-old Young, who faces two counts of assault and one count of falsifying evidence in the November 2018 shooting. On Tuesday, the day Young’s trial was scheduled to begin, MacLeod held a closed-door hearing before issuing an order to push the trial back to sometime after March.

Hornick and Young’s attorney Richard Guerriero both declined to comment on the outcome of the hearings.

Court officials said the hearings were closed because they involved information subject to a protective order. The hearings follow the filing of several sealed documents in the case since jury selection last week.

On Jan. 10, prosecutors filed a sealed motion for a protective order, which the court granted.

On Monday, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, which has not previously been involved in the case, filed a sealed 114-page “ex parte submission of investigative materials” for the judge to privately review in accordance with the protective order, according to the case summary. An ex parte submission is a document that’s filed in a case without an opposing party’s knowledge.

The Attorney General’s Office has declined to comment on its involvement in the case.

Young is accused of firing a single shot from a moving car on School Street, hitting and injuring Providence College student Thomas Elliott, according to prosecutors. Elliott, who was visiting friends at the time, has since recovered and is expected to testify at Young’s trial.

Gage Young is the son of David Young, a former Lebanon police officer.

A hearing on prosecutors’ motions to admit additional evidence in the case was initially scheduled for Thursday, but has been pushed back to Jan. 22.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.

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