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September 26, 2013

Man facing kidnap, attempted murder charges

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However, because she was intoxicated at the time, police are conducting an additional investigation into that allegation.

The woman acknowledged that she’d consumed a 40-ounce bottle of beer and took Seroquel, a prescription mood stabilizer.

Legier asked the judge to hold Townsend without bail as a danger to the woman or the public.

Defense lawyer Benjamin Wittwer argued that the evidence in the case is questionable, citing the woman’s apparent level of intoxication and the inconsistent accounts she gave police.

He urged Judge Robert Brennan to deny the request by prosecutors to hold Townsend in custody in light of the questions about the woman’s credibility.

But Brennan said he would not be able to make any decisions about credibility without hearing from them and said that based on the police report, there was cause to hold Townsend at least until a full hearing.

That hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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