Questions were asked and the process was postponed until March



After a long delay over Covid-19, the judge was alerted to another issue involving evidence that should have been shared with lawyers for defendants Kevin Nieves and Daquan Douglas.

The trial of two men charged with the October shooting of Nick Carnevale in the mountains now continued through March after Judge John Agostini said Berkshire prosecutors may not have properly disclosed possible evidence to the defense.

Jury selection was due to begin Monday in Berkshire Superior Court in the trial of Kevin Nieves and Daquan Douglas. It looks like the jury selection process is also now being postponed.

The defendants’ lawyers, given the information they had just learned, asked Blanchard to continue the case. Jacob Blanchard was with Carnevale at the party at the Ashley Reservoir where Carnevale was shot.

Blanchard was also one of four men involved in an independent home invasion in Adams just two months after the shooting near Ashley Reservoir. But he was never charged in the incident, and defense lawyers said they didn’t learn of his involvement in the case until Monday.

Prosecutors said that in the case of the shooting, they informed the attorneys of their reasons for not indicting Blanchard. However, Judge John Agostini said in his ruling Monday that the notification did not meet prosecutors’ obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence.

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