Accused N.H. shooter not the man, lawyer says

Myles Webster (second from right) joined jury members looking at the crime scene Tuesday in Manchester, N.H.

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Myles Webster (second from right) joined jury members looking at the crime scene Tuesday in Manchester, N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A lawyer for a man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a Manchester police officer said Tuesday that the accusations are a case of mistaken identity.

Caroline Smith told jurors in her opening statements in the trial of Myles Webster, 23, that there are no fingerprints or DNA linking her client to the Glock .357 handgun used to shoot Officer Daniel Doherty several times in March.


Prosecutors say the gun was found in the same backyard where Webster was apprehended minutes after the shooting and matched all 14 bullet casings found at the scene.

Smith told jurors Webster’s prosecution ‘‘is a case of mistaken identity.’’

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Smith criticized Manchester police for failing to test ­Webster’s hands for gunshot residue when they arrested him and said they made ‘‘a conscious decision’’ not to show eyewitnesses photo arrays the night of the shooting.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin reminded jurors that on their trip to the crime scene Tuesday morning, they saw the gouges in the sidewalk made by bullets fired repeatedly at Doherty as he lay bleeding.

Strelzin said Webster emptied his gun at Doherty, then fled with the gun, stopping at a nearby driveway to try to steal a woman’s car.


Webster joined jurors as they viewed the crime scene.

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