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Teen in crossbow incident released under conditions


December 02, 2010
DUDLEY — As several family and friends looked on, the young man accused of shooting a crossbow bolt at other youths was released with various restrictions pending trial.

Judge Neil Snider ordered Charlton's Paul Edwards, 18, to remain in his father's custody, stay in school, avoid contact with the alleged victims, avoid possession or use of weapons, drugs or alcohol, undergo random drug tests, and report to probation thrice weekly (twice by phone, once in person). He has already posted $750 bail on two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, carrying a weapon and vandalism related to an incident last week.

He is due back in court Jan. 20.

Prosecutors claim Edwards attacked men in a car — Cody and Dustin Hilliker in the front seats and Robert Alonzo and Robert Bachant in back — after they tried to drive away from allegedly buying marijuana from him without paying for it. Allegedly, Alonzo and Bachant were his targets, but the crossbow bolt went through the front passenger window, and Edwards denied knowing the Hillikers.

Edwards, however, has not been charged with drug offenses, and his attorney, Peter Ettenberg, declined to comment on that issue.

"I don't know enough about it. I just know what they [the prosecutors] say," he said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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