OSSIPEE MAN GOES ON TRIAL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

by Christian Mower on January 21, 2012

MONDAY (JANUARY 23, 2012) IS THE FIRST DAY OF TESTIMONY IN SUPERIOR COURT IN OSSIPEE IN THE TRIAL OF A 61-YEAR-OLD OSSIPEE MAN WHO’S CHARGED WITH TRYING TO KILL ANOTHER MAN IN ALBANY.

RICHARD P. MOULTON IS CHARGED WITH FOUR FELONY COUNTS, INCLUDING ATEMPTED MURDER, WITNESS TAMPERING AND ASSAULT, IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT IN 2011 DURING WHICH HE ALLEGEDLY STABBED 52-YEAR-OLD RONALD ROUTHIER OF 6 MOULTON DRIVE IN ALBANY.

AT THE TIME OF THE FEBRUARY 7TH INCIDENT, MOULTON’S ADDRESS WAS LISTED AS 5 MOULTON DRIVE IN ALBANY. AN AFFIDAVIT FILED BY A SERGEANT WITH THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INDICATES MOULTON WAS A LANDLORD WHO RENTED A HOME TO ROUTHIER.

MOULTON IS ACCUSED OF ASKING ROUTHIER TO GO TO A CAMPGROUND ON TRAILSIDE DRIVE IN THE EVENING, WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY PULLED OUT A LARGE KNIFE AND STABBED HIS TENANT.

MOULTON ALLEGEDLY TOLD ROUTHIER IT WAS HIS FAULT HE WAS LOSING HIS PROPERTY TO A BANK BECAUSE ROUTHIER HADN’T PAID HIS RENT FOR A YEAR.

ROUTHIER TOLD POLICE HE TRIED TO GRAB THE KNIFE FROM MOULTON AND SUFFERED A SEVERE CUT TO HIS THUMB, AFTER WHICH MOULTON ALLEGEDLY THREATENED HE COULD HAVE ROUTHIER’S FAMILY KILLED IF HE TOLD ANYONE OF THE INCIDENT.

ROUTHIER WAS LATER TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY FOR TREATMENT OF STAB WOUNDS TO HIS BACK, HEAD AND THUMB.

POLICE REPORTEDLY FOUND A KNIFE FITTING THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ONE USED DURING THE CRIME, BLACK PLASTIC, GORILLA TAPE – AND SMELLED AN ODOR OF BLEACH FROM CLOTHES IN THE WASHER – WHEN THEY CONDUCTED A COURT AUTHORIZED SEARCH OF MOULTON’S HOME.

MEMBERS OF THE JURY VISITED THE ALLEGED CRIME SCENE IN ALBANY LAST WEEK. ROUTHIER IS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY IN THE CASE.