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Judge refused to lower bail for Somersworth man indicted in fatal crash
On Nov. 14, a grand jury indicted Matthew Tsopas, 44, previously of Blackwater Road, Somersworth, on charges of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, one count of reckless conduct, three counts of simple assault, one count of attempted simple assault and four counts of conduct after an accident.
On Friday, Tsopas' attorney Harry Starbranch asked Judge Kenneth Brown to reduce bail to $25,000 cash or corporate surety. Starbranch argued the reduction was justified as Tsopas has no criminal record, has the support of his family in the area and is willing to adhere to all court orders to appear and seek treatment.
"These aren't things he took for recreation — this was something prescribed to him," Starbranch said, adding Tsopas is currently on different medications.
Velardi argued it continues to worry him how Tsopas showed a lack of control by allegedly mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. "All this does is fan the flames of my concern," Velardi said.
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