No bail for Keene McLeod murder case
KEENE -- At a bail hearing Thursday afternoon, Cheshire County Superior Court judge John Kissinger stayed murder suspect David B. McLeod no bail status.
“The judge has not changed the current no bail status,” said prosecutor Janice K. Rundles, Senior Assistant Attorney General, on Friday.
Thursday morning after two days of jury deliberations, Kissinger declared a mistrial in the David B. McLeod murder case Thursday morning due a deadlocked jury.
McLeod, 57, had long been a suspect in a cold case surrounding the deaths of a family of four in an apartment fire in Keene in 1989, when the work of the New Hampshire Department of Justice cold case investigators led to his arrest three years ago.
McLeod, formerly of Keene, was arrested in June 2010 in West Sacramento, Calif., on four counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of the Hina family, including Carl and Lori Hina, their 4-month-old daughter, Lillian, and Carl Hina’s 12-year-old daughter, Sara.
McLeod, 57, is accused of setting the fire in the Keene apartment building where his ex-girlfriend had lived.
“We had a combination of expert testimony concerning the fire itself and the various statements the defendant made both before and after the fire,” Rundles said of the evidence presented in the two week jury trial in Cheshire Superior Court.
“When there’s a hung jury because the jury has been unable to agree there’s nothing the bars retrial,” Rundles said.
Based on the age of the case and since McLeod has been in custody since 2010, the court is working to schedule a new trial for McLeod as quickly as possible, Rundles said Friday.
New trial dates will be discussed during a Monday morning court conference, she said.