State seeks to revoke bail for New Ipswich man charged with negligent homicide

  • Travis Worth of New Ipswich has been charged with negligent homicide and aggravated DWI after a Dec. 1 crash on Route 31 in Greenville that killed one man and seriously injured another. COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/30/2022 10:56:27 AM

The prosecution in the case of Travis Worth of New Ipswich, who has been charged with negligent homicide and aggravated DWI after a Dec. 1 crash that killed one man and seriously injured another, has asked for bail to be revoked.

Worth was indicted on both charges in Hillsborough Superior Court on March 16. Negligent homicide is a Class A felony with penalties of up to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines. Aggravated DUI causing serious injury is a Class B felony with penalties of up to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines.

According to the state’s motion to revoke bail, filed at Hillsborough Superior Court South, Worth, over the course of two hours on Dec. 1, visited the North Side Grill and consumed five Captain and Cokes, and no food. Worth drove his father home and then went to a Thai restaurant, the Lilac Blossom, where he ordered food and a mai tai.

The motion states that a driver behind Worth noticed Worth’s vehicle swerving in the road and attempted to call 911, but could not connect due to poor cell service. While on Route 31 in Greenville, the driver then witnessed Worth’s vehicle cross the yellow line and strike a Volkswagen Jetta in the opposite lane.

The driver of the Jetta, Kyle Tetreault, 35, of Wilton, was killed as a result of the crash and his passenger, Robert Tetreault, suffered multiple serious injuries, including broken bones and internal bleeding.

Worth was initially held without bail, but was released on personal recognizance Feb. 10. As part of his bail conditions, Worth is required to test for alcohol consumption multiple times a day using a breath test that records alcohol levels and allows the court to monitor those results remotely.

The prosecution initially requested Worth’s counsel notify the prosecution of any missed tests or positive tests, and provide weekly updates.

“The state made this request because it is unable to take on the burden and liability associated with daily monitoring of the defendant, despite the defendant’s need to be monitored daily,” wrote prosecutor and Assistant County Attorney Jonathan P. Dean, asking that if the defense did not comply with monitoring conditions, that Worth be placed back into preventative detention.

Worth’s lawyers have not agreed to that request, on the grounds both Dean and the defense have the same ability to sign into the monitoring system and monitor Worth’s testing. Joseph Fricano, the attorney for Worth, objected to the motion to revoke bail, calling the reasoning “baseless.”

“Mr. Worth has complied with his bail conditions, the state does not argue otherwise,” Fricano wrote in an objection to Dean’s motion.

Worth has been completing five tests daily, according to Fricano, and the prosecution has the ability to access those results, and when requested, the defense counsel provided all of the breath test results.

“Willful blindness is not a reason to argue that Mr. Worth’s bail should be revoked,” wrote Fricano.

The Hillsborough Superior Court scheduled a dispositional conference on the matter on Wednesday, March 30,  and a hearing on the motion to revoke bail for Thursday, March 31.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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