Trial In Milford Motorcycle Dragging Death Delayed

WORCESTER, Mass. — The trial of a man charged with driving drunk and striking and dragging a motorcyclist to his death in Milford has been postponed again.

In Worcester Superior Court Wednesday, a judge said the court should find an interpreter who speaks defendant Nicolas Guaman’s native language — Quechua.

The interpreter on hand at the start of the trial Wednesday said there are 47 dialects of Quechua, and while he knows some, he didn’t know Guaman’s particular dialect.

The judge said the trial would reconvene Monday to assess the feasibility of finding a Quechua interpreter.

Prosecutors allege the 37-year-old Guaman, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, ran a stop sign in August 2011 and struck 23-year-old Matthew Denice’s motorcycle, dragging Denice under his pickup truck for a quarter-mile before stopping.

Guaman faces several charges, including second-degree murder.

The case sparked a fierce debate over immigration in Massachusetts.

Guaman’s lawyer told The Milford Daily News he opted for a bench trial because he thinks “a judge could view the case less emotionally.”

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom.

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  • Lawrence

    Undocumented, or more specifically an illegal criminal who unlawfully entered into this country. Why not just call it as it really is?

    • cuvtixo

      There’s no such thing as an “illegal criminal,” that phrase is redundant. You’re asking for one euphemism to be replaced with a nonsensical one.

  • Dev Looshen

    If Obama’s ideas about health insurance are so good, why is the IRS needed to force you to follow them?

  • X-Ray

    If the defendent can’t speak English, how did he pass a driver’s test? Or was that another aspect of being undocumented?

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