CONCORD, New Hampshire — A judge ordered Wednesday that one trial be held for the New Hampshire man accused of kidnapping and raping a teen over the course of nine months.
Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau ordered that Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham be tried in Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia. A trial is not expected before April 2016.
Prosecutors say Kibby, 34, kidnapped the 14-year-old girl on her way home from school in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. They say he kept her in his house and in a storage unit until July 2014, when she returned home. Prosecutors have not detailed the circumstances of her return.
Kibby was arrested in July and initially charged in Carroll County with five counts, including kidnapping the girl at gunpoint. A 200-count indictment in Coos County charges him with using death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control her as he sexually assaulted her at his trailer home in northern New Hampshire.
Prosecutors say he also ordered his captive to lie to police and help him destroy evidence. The Carroll County indictments say she spotted his full name inside a cookbook in his home, and revealed that information to investigators days after she returned.
Prosecutors and Kibby's lawyers agreed to have the two cases consolidated. A trial judge has not yet been appointed.
Law enforcement agencies and media outlets, including The Associated Press, repeatedly published the girl's name and image after she disappeared. The girl's family and prosecutors have asked that her name and image no longer be published because they fear the publicity and association with sexual abuse will slow her recovery.
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