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Grand jury hands up indictments, additional charges in Littleton homicide

By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent

September 22. 2016 3:05PM

Damion Yeargle, left, and Quade Kadle. (JOHN KOZIOL)

NORTH HAVERHILL – Following its September session, the Grafton County Grand Jury has more than doubled the number of charges against three men who are accused of shooting and killing a confidential police informant in Littleton earlier this year.

The Grand Jury handed up indictments against Damion Yeargle and Nicholas Skidmore, both 21 and of Littleton, and against Quade Kadle, 18, of Jefferson, in connection with the May 27 homicide of Robert Pierog, 22, who was found dead outside his above-the garage apartment at 124 West Main St.

The state initially charged Yeargle with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Pierog multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle, but the grand jury added one count each of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses or informants.

In several hearings and in court documents, the state has said that Pierog, who was a husband and father, had worked as an informant with the Bethlehem Police Department and that his cooperation led to the arrest of persons in that community for illegal activity.

Skidmore, who had faced conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution for allegedly driving Yeargle and Kadle to and from the murder scene, now also is charged with being an accomplice to first-degree murder, accomplice to second-degree murder, and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses or informants.

Kadle, who had been charged with being an accomplice to first-degree murder because he allegedly lured Pierog from his residence so that Yeargle could shoot him, was indicted by the grand jury as an accomplice to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses or informants.

At probable-cause hearings on June 17, Asst. Atty. General Geoffrey Ward and Det. Sgt. Justin Rowe, of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit, told Judge Thomas Rappa in Littleton District Court that an eyewitness saw Yeargle fire four shots at Pierog from a distance of about five feet.

The witness said Kadle had come to Pierog’s residence ostensibly looking for the witness on behalf of Skidmore who reportedly needed a place to spend the night.

Prior to the shooting, authorities allege that Skidmore drove Yeargle and Kadle in Kadle’s Buick Park Avenue to the former’s home where Yeargle retrieved the presumed murder weapon and that he then drove the pair to the Littleton Walmart where the men were observed purchasing bandanas.

After the shooting, authorities allege that Skidmore drove Yeargle and Kadle away from the scene, taking a backroads route to Yeargle’s house that included crossing the Connecticut River into Vermont. Along the way, Yeargle and Kadle allegedly discarded the bandanas, as well as the latex gloves and rifle used in the murder, and which – thanks to information provided by Skidmore -- were later recovered by investigators.


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