JURY CLEARS MOULTON OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, DEADLOCKS ON ASSAULT CHARGES

by Christian Mower on August 14, 2012

AN ASSISTANT CARROLL COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS HE’S DISAPPOINTED BUT LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING THE CASE AGAIN AFTER A CARROLL COUNTY JURY FOUND A 61-YEAR-OLD OSSIPEE MAN NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND WITNESS TAMPERING TUESDAY – AND DEADLOCKED ON TWO FELONY CHARGES OF ASSAULT.

STEVE MURRAY SAYS THE 12-PERSON JURY HEARD 7 DAYS OF TESTIMONY AND DELIBERATED FOR NEARLY 2 FULL BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE RETURNING ITS DECISION IN THE TRIAL OF RICHARD P. MOULTON.

MOULTON WAS INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY IN MARCH, 2011 ON FELONY CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND TAMPERING WITH WITNESSES OR INFORMANTS AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STABBED A TENANT OF HIS, RONALD ROUTHIER, THEN 51 – IN THE HEAD AND BACK AT A HOUSING COMPLEX IN ALBANY IN FEBRUARY, 2011.

PROSECUTORS ALLEGE MOULTON TOLD ROUTHIER “IT WAS HIS FAULT HE WAS LOSING HIS PROPERTY TO THE BANK BECAUSE ROUTHIER HADN’T PAID HIS RENT FOR A YEAR” AND THAT “HE COULD HAVE HIS WHOLE FAMILY KILLED IF HE TOLD ANYONE WHAT HAPPENED.”

MOULTON WAS INDICTED ON TWO ADDITIONAL FELONY COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT IN MAY, 2011 FOR ALLEGEDLY USING A KNIFE TO STAB ROUTHIER, WHO WAS TREATED AT A HOSPITAL FOR STAB WOUNDS TO HIS HEAD AND BACK.

MURRAY SAYS SELECTION OF ANOTHER JURY WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 10TH TO RE-TRY MOULTON ON THE ASSAULT CHARGES. IT WILL BE MOULTON’S THIRD TRIAL ON THE CHARGES.