Steven Dupont charged in Dec. 31 death of John Kenney

January 08, 2014
LANCASTER — An untimely death marred the waning hours of 2013.

Steven Dupont, 47, of Lancaster, was arraigned on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2, in the First Circuit Court by Judge John P. Cyr for allegedly causing the death of 57-year-old John Kenney, also of Lancaster, by striking him in the face so that he fell and hit his head at 4:05 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, at 4 Elm Street at the corner of Main Street.

Two complaints were charged against Dupont: a Class B felony of negligent homicide that carries a penalty of three-and-a-half to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine or both; and a felony charge of manslaughter that carries a penalty of zero to 30 years in prison.

Cpl. Brad Willey of the Lancaster Police Department wrote up the brief description of the alleged action at 4 Elm Street.

State Police from Troop F in Twin Mountain provided assistance at the scene, said Lancaster Police Chief William "Bill" Colborn.

Dupont could not enter any plea because, as Judge Cyr explained, the First Circuit Court does not have jurisdiction.

A probable cause hearing was set at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, in the same courtroom. If probable cause is established, then the matter will go to the Grand Jury, the judge said. If the Grand Jury indicts Dupont, then the case would go before a judge and jury in Superior Court.

Judge Cyr accepted the recommendation of county attorney John McCormick to set bail at $100,000. Dupont was not able to make bail and was taken to the Cos County jail in West Stewartstown.

Attorney Marcie Hornick of the Littleton Office of the New Hampshire Public Defender that serves Cos and Grafton Counties represented Dupont.

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