NORTHFIELD, N.H. (TCD) — A 17-year-old male stands accused of fatally shooting his sister-in-law and her two young children in their home last year.
According to an Oct. 4 news release from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, a Merrimack County grand jury indicted Eric Sweeney on three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of 25-year-old Kassandra, 4-year-old Benjamin, and 23-month-old Mason Sweeney.
The jury also indicted Sweeney on one count of falsifying physical evidence for allegedly trying to “alter, destroy, conceal, or remove” a Taurus .40 caliber handgun to intentionally compromise the investigation.
On Aug. 3, 2022, shortly after 11:30 a.m., Northfield Police responded to 56 Wethersfield Drive and found the three victims. Each had died from a single gunshot wound. Police arrested Eric Sweeney on suspicion of their murders.
According to WMUR-TV, due to the gravity of the charges, he was tried as an adult.
Police logs obtained by the news source allege that Kassandra Sweeney’s husband called officials in July 2022 and expressed he was worried about his family’s safety. He reportedly told police he located a weapon in their garage, as well as others in the woods near their home.
Eric Sweeney remains in custody. His arraignment has not yet been scheduled.
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