A Winchester police officer who stands accused of pointing a loaded gun out a car window at another man will face a judge Wednesday in Keene. Kevin W. Martel, 25, who is a resident of Walpole, waived his right to an arraignment Dec. 2 in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene, where he was released on $5,000 personal recognizance. He’s scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing Wednesday.Matt Nanci can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MNanciKS.
Martel faces charges of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, class B felonies.
He has been on administrative leave since the Winchester Police Department learned from N.H. State Police he would be facing charges from the August incident, according to Police Chief Gary A. Phillips.
Prosecution of the Cheshire County case will be handled by the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, according to Cheshire County Attorney D. Chris McLaughlin. Court hearings will continue to be held in Keene.
On Aug. 21, Martel was driving on Main Street in Ashuelot when he pointed a loaded firearm out of the drivers’ side window at Joshua Parda, 30, as well as at potentially occupied homes, according to court documents.
Martel is required to have no contact with Parda and Sarah Payne. The relationship between Martel, Parda and Payne is not clear in court documents.
Martel has worked for the police department for 18 months, court documents show.
In August 2011, he was convicted of reckless conduct in Northfield, Vt., according to the documents.
He’s also a former member of the U.S. Army and was seen this summer standing with a gun outside the Keene armed forces recruitment center on West Street in the wake of the July 16 shooting at a recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tenn.