“It’s been a long, hard road for Mr. Chilcott and his family and there are no winners here. My heart goes out to everyone involved in this case,” Starbranch said.
Lee Man Who Shot Son Found NOT GUILTY By Jury
A Lee man who shot his son in the neck during a domestic dispute has been found not guilty by a jury of his peers at Strafford County Superior Court.
The jury verdict in the state’s case against Mark Chilcott was announced Monday afternoon. He was facing charges of felony-level assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.
Chilcott had taken the witness stand in his own defense Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. He said he had taken photos of injuries he sustained during physical confrontations with 22-year-old Trevor Chilcott prior to the shooting on Jan. 20, 2018, because he planned to press criminal charges against the young man, who was becoming increasingly violent.
“It was getting to the point that if this was going to continue to happen, I was going to charge him,” Mark Chilcott said.
Mark Chilcott said the shot he fired from his .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was not intended to hurt Trevor Chilcott.
Police said Mark Chilcott told them he woke up to the sounds of his son fighting violently with Gillian Coombs, who is Trevor Chilcott’s mother, on the night in question.
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