Court officials: Man who denied kidnapping to change plea

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Court officials say a man who pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and raped her repeatedly during nine months of captivity in New Hampshire is planning to enter a change of plea.

Thirty-five-year-old Nathaniel Kibby was scheduled to go on trial next month in Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia on nearly 200 felony charges related to the girl’s October 2013 disappearance and the months that followed.

Court officials say a change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for Thursday. Details of the change of plea haven’t been disclosed.

Kibby’s lawyers have declined to comment. They had sought to question the girl before his trial but were denied.

Prosecutors say Kibby used a stun gun and a shock collar to control the girl at his trailer in Gorham (GOR’-em).


Corrects court officials announced change of plea on Thursday, not Friday