Claremont Shooting Suspect Too ‘Impaired’ for Arraignment

  • Terrell Watson

Published: 10/4/2018 11:59:30 PM
Modified: 10/5/2018 12:01:45 AM

Newport — A 28-year-old New Hampshire man who is charged in connection with a shooting earlier this week in Claremont didn’t appear in court for a scheduled arraignment on Thursday because he appeared to be “impaired,” his attorney said.

Terrell Watson, of Claremont, was unable to understand conversations between him and his attorney, Tony Hutchins, at the Sullivan County House of Corrections prior to his arraignment, Hutchins told Judge Brian Tucker in Sullivan Superior Court.

“He did ask that he not be arraigned now,” Hutchins said, adding that Watson asked to be arraigned next week “when he is feeling better.”

Tucker agreed to postpone Watson’s arraignment and bail hearing until Oct. 9.

The case is being prosecuted by Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway, who didn’t object to the postponement.

Watson will remain at the Sullivan County jail until his arraignment.

Newport police took Watson into custody on Wednesday afternoon and charged him with several offenses including first-degree assault in connection with the shooting in Claremont on Tuesday that left a man with a serious injury to his neck.

Watson also faces charges of drug possession, receiving stolen property, contempt of court and being a felony in possession of a firearm.

Information Claremont police received from witnesses to the shooting, as well as from the public and from physical evidence, led them to develop probable cause to arrest Watson in connection with the shooting, which occurred at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday on High Street, police said. The victim’s name hasn’t been released, nor has an updated status on his condition.

The investigation into the shooting prompted police to execute a search warrant on Tuesday at a Charlestown mobile home park, drawing a large state and municipal police presence.

Watson’s arraignment next week is slated for 1 p.m.




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