Boston Herald

StAtie’s Attorney to Argue self-defense

Erickson accused of assault

- By Rick Sobey

The lawyer for the Massachuse­tts State Police sergeant who allegedly strangled and kidnapped his girlfriend plans to argue that the statie was acting in selfdefens­e.

Sgt. Bryan Erickson, 38, has been locked up in New Hampshire’s Rockingham County Jail for months following the alleged assault on Jan. 31 at his girlfriend’s home in Exeter. A New Hampshire grand jury recently returned three indictment­s against Erickson.

In court on Thursday, Erickson’s defense attorney said he’ll be filing a self-defense motion in the next few weeks.

“I’ll be asserting self-defense on behalf of Mr. Erickson,” defense attorney Hank Brennan said during a scheduling conference.

Erickson’s lawyers in a

bail appeal to New Hampshire Supreme Court mention self-defense.

“The complainin­g witness alleged in a restrainin­g order applicatio­n that she was strangled but denied to police that she was strangled,” his lawyers wrote in the appeal. “Photograph­s did not depict any visible mark where the defendant allegedly headbutted her and the slight marks were consistent with self-defense.”

“The defense attempted to introduce witnesses and documentar­y evidence to rebut the State’s evidence, provide evidence of motive to lie, to show first-aggressor, and to rebut claims of control,” their appeal reads. “Most of the defendant’s evidence was precluded.”

Erickson was recently indicted by a grand jury on three charges: second degree assault — domestic violence; kidnapping — domestic violence; and criminal restraint.

Judge Martin Honigberg on Thursday set the trial for November.

Prosecutor John Mara estimated he would bring six to seven witnesses, and Brennan said he has identified 15 potential witnesses.

“I think the defense is going to present a substantia­l case,” Brennan said.

The defense attorney said he’ll be filing a motion in the next week under seal, in which he’s going to request a closed hearing.

“Since the last date, I was able to obtain transcript­s of the bail hearing, and I was also able to obtain transcript­s of the recorded interviews between law enforcemen­t and the complainin­g witness in this case,” Brennan said. “After having some meaningful time to review them, there are some issues in those transcript­s that trouble me, and I think the court should be aware.”

The Massachuse­tts State Police has suspended Erickson without pay.

 ?? HowiecArrs­How.com ?? TRIAL SET: The lawyer for Sgt. Bryan Erickson, the Massachuse­tts State Police sergeant who allegedly strangled and kidnapped his girlfriend, plans to argue that the statie was acting in self-defense.
HowiecArrs­How.com TRIAL SET: The lawyer for Sgt. Bryan Erickson, the Massachuse­tts State Police sergeant who allegedly strangled and kidnapped his girlfriend, plans to argue that the statie was acting in self-defense.

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