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Kimberly Cates’ Mother Testifies In Spader Trial

By Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press
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Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley displays a photograph of the Cates family while reaching for a machette allegedly used to kill Kimberly Cates and severely injure her daughter. (AP Photo/Bob Hammerstrom, Pool)

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley displays a photograph of the Cates family while reaching for a machette allegedly used to kill Kimberly Cates and severely injure her daughter. (AP Photo/Bob Hammerstrom, Pool)

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a woman killed in a New Hampshire home invasion is testifying in court and she identified a piece of jewelry that was stolen from her daughter’s Mont Vernon home and later pawned.

Lisa Piasecki said her daughter, Kimberly Cates, had bought her the bracelet she was viewing in a clear evidence bag.

Kimberly Cates was killed and her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie, injured in the machete and knife attacks at their Mont Vernon home in October 2009.

Piasecki testified at the murder trial of Steven Spader, the first person to go on trial in the case. He’s pleaded not guilty.

In a quavering voice, Piasecki said she sent the bracelet back to Kimberly several months before the home invasion, asking her to save it for Jaimie.

Wednesday afternoon, a fellow inmate testified against Spader.

He told jurors Spader detailed his crimes in letters he described as “bedtime stories.”

Chad Landry says he was in the same cell block as murder defendant Steven Spader. Prosecutors say Spader wielded a machete in the attacks that killed Kimberly Cates and severely hurt her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie.

Landry told jurors he and Spader would pass notes back and forth by sliding books down the floor between their cells.

Spader wrote that he whacked the mother 36 times and that he could see brains, lots of blood and that her eyeball was hanging out of its socket.

Landry said he used the letters to cut a deal with prosecutors on his assault charges.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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