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Records to be unsealed in violent 2012 Bedford home invasion

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 05. 2013 8:15PM

MERRIMACK — The public for the first time will learn details of the violent home invasion that left a Bedford couple maimed nearly a year ago and how law enforcers developed evidence to bring charges against at least one suspect.

Merrimack District Court Judge Clifford R. Klinghorn Jr. last week granted the Union Leader Corp.’s motion to release hundreds of pages of documents related to the Nov. 24, 2012, burglary and brutal attack on Dr. Eduardo Quesada, 53, and his wife, Sonia, 29.

The documents include search warrants for the couple’s 7 Proclamation Court house in Bedford and their financial records, telephone records for at least three cellphones and an iPhone, a blood sample and two New Hampshire vehicle registrations. The documents have been kept under court seal since last Nov. 25.

Quesada was maimed and nearly killed in the brutal home invasion. His wife was partially blinded and sexually mutilated. She was found dead in her mother-in-law’s home from an overdose of prescription drugs six weeks later. The couple’s then 2-year-old daughter was unharmed.

Mass. man charged

Charles Normil, 33, of Lawrence, Mass., was indicted on charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, four counts of forcible rape, burglary and falsifying physical evidence.

Police identified another, unidentified individual as an accomplice, court records show.

Judge Klinghorn ordered the state to provide the Union Leader Corp., publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News, redacted copies of 11 search warrants and related documents by the close of court today. The documents had previously been sealed.

The newspaper filed a motion Oct. 8 asking the court to unseal all arrest and search warrants, their supporting affidavits and search warrant returns.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance did not object to parts of the affidavits being unsealed, but asked the court to allow her to redact details that could compromise the safety of certain witnesses and the privacy of the victims.

“During the investigation, many acquaintances of Charles Normil were interviewed. Disclosing the exact cooperation and identification from some of these witnesses would place them in danger,” LaFrance wrote in her objection.

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