Man on meth who ran over wife acquitted of attempted murder, guilty of assault
May 24. 2018 7:51PM
CONCORD — A man on methamphetamine who ran over his wife with her own car last August was cleared of attempted murder Thursday, but convicted of assault.
A Merrimack County jury returned its verdict Thursday morning against Jason Alleyne, 30, of 20 Allison St., Concord, after less than a day of deliberation. Jurors got the case about mid-day Wednesday.
Alleyne was convicted of two first- and second-degree felony assaults and seven misdemeanors.
Over five days, the jury heard hours of testimony about abuse Saturn Alleyne suffered at the hands of her husband.
The violence reached a crescendo Aug. 27, 2017, at Irving Circle K truck stop in Bow. As horrified customers looked on, Jason Alleyne drove over his wife in her 2001 Nissan Sentra and then fled on foot as bystanders tried to lift the car off her.
Lawyers for Alleyne claimed he could not be convicted of the most serious charges because he was in a psychotic state due to a days-long methamphetamine binge. The psychosis meant he could not be responsible for purposely committing the crimes, public defender Daniel Swegart said in closing arguments.
“It was crystal meth driving that car,” he said.
Prosecutor David Rotman disputed the claim, noting that the supposedly psychotic Alleyne was able to drive — even using his turn signals — despite being high on methamphetamine.
Jurors had to believe Alleyne acted purposely to find him guilty of first-degree assault conviction and with recklessness to find him guilty of second-degree assault.
Alleyne was also found guilty of criminal threatening, four counts of misdemeanor assault and two of criminal mischief. The jury cleared him of three misdemeanor assault charges.