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Man accused of racist writing attempts suicide

The Pembroke man charged with scrawling racist graffiti on the Concord homes of African refugees tried to kill himself late week when he fired at least one bullet into his head at a Hopkinton cemetery, the Concord Monitor newspaper reported.

Raymond Stevens, 43, reportedly survived the Nov. 7 shooting at the Old Hopkinton Cemetery on Main Street, the newspaper reported.

Assistant County Attorney David Rotman filed a motion in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord Tuesday asking to revoke Stevens’ bail. The motion said Stevens had shot himself in the head.

Concord police arrested Stevens Oct. 15 on a felony criminal mischief charge with enhanced penalties for allegedly scrawling hate messages on three Concord homes where African refugees lived in 2011. If convicted, he faces 10 to 30 years in state prison.

Stevens, who owned a Nashua tattoo parlor, was free on $8,000 cash or surety bail when the shooting occurred.

Neither Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray nor Rotman nor Stevens’ public defender, Melinda Siranian, returned calls for comment Thursday. Hopkinton police Chief Stephen Pecora also did not return several calls.

Stevens present medical condition is uncertain, the Monitor reported. He was transferred last Thursday to a Boston medical facility.

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