Michael Connarn

Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff

Michael Connarn looks back before the start of his arraignment in

October in Cheshire County Superior Court.

Attorneys for the man accused of an alleged shooting in Chesterfield in October have asked a judge to decide whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

A competency hearing is scheduled for July 22 in the attempted-murder case of Michael Connarn, 42, of Chesterfield.

Connarn was arrested Oct. 19. According to police, Connarn fired at a vehicle on Zinn Road after a brief exchange with the driver, Ty Zinn, that morning. Connarn then allegedly drove a short distance to Zinn’s home and began firing numerous shots. Zinn and another man, Kevin Fluegge, fled into the woods to escape, and neither was injured, an N.H. State Police detective wrote in an affidavit.

Bullets hit parked vehicles and the side of the house, according to police.

When State Police interviewed Connarn after the shooting, he was “adamant” that most Zinn Road residents were drug dealers and that local police were in on it, according to the affidavit.

Connarn has been held at the Cheshire County jail in Keene since his arrest.

A competency evaluation determines whether a defendant has an adequate understanding of the criminal proceedings he or she faces and is capable of working with his or her lawyer.

If a judge finds a defendant is not competent to stand trial but might regain competency after treatment the case is revisited within 12 months. If the person is still not competent at that time, the case is dismissed, but the person could be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution if found to be a danger to themselves or others.

Paul Cuno-Booth can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1409, or pbooth@keenesentinel.com.

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