Witness: Spader wanted to kill, roast victims
NASHUA, N.H. -- One of the five suspects charged in the murder of a Mont Vernon mother took the stand in the trial of his former friend, who is also charged in the crime.
“He was very happy. Almost frightening,” said Quinn Glover.
Quinn Glover, 18, admitted he was in the Mont Vernon home with Steven Spader the night Kimberly Cates and her daughter Jaime were hacked with a machete he said Spader armed himself with.
It was a grueling day for the family of the victim's who sat and listened to the 18-year-old accomplice describe in a very matter-of-fact way how a mother's throat was slit, and how her daughter laid beside her tangles in curtains motionless in the bedroom, where the two were savagely butchered.
Glover turned on his friend, defendant Steven Spader, and told the court in detail how he stood guard the night with a knife as Spader and a friend allegedly mutilated Kim Cates and her daughter Jaime in their Mont Vernon home.
Glover was asked what noises he heard coming from the bedroom.
“They were terrified sir. I heard a voice said, ‘Jaime, is that you?’ Then, an answer of a higher pitched voice said, ‘Yeah, Mom.’ After that, there were screams, cries for help,” said Glover.
David Cates sat and listened as Glover recounted his wife’s pleas.
“Jaime run. Please don’t do it. No, please no. I heard screaming. I think I heard Jamie run,” said Glover.
Cates cried during the gruesome testimony about how Spader's alleged accomplice slit his wife's throat, and how frighteningly happy Spader looked immediately after the kill.
"He was euphoric, excited. He seemed like he had just gotten off a roller coaster. An adrenaline rush. He came out carrying a machete. The machete that was covered with hair and blood," said Glover.
“Did the defendant say anything to you after you saw him leave the bedroom after you heard the screaming and the thumpings?” the prosecutor asked.
“He did sir,” said Glover. “He said that we made enough noise because two people are dead.”
Jurors saw the gloves Glover collected on the night of the crime as well as the knife he was carrying. But it was the chilling description of a teen's obsession with death that had everyone in the courtroom riveted.
"He spoke generally, fantasizing about violence, murders, killing people, roasting people, eating people, putting heads on stakes and making a scene for news crews," said Glover.
Glover said Spader wanted to model his attacks after the serial Zodiac killer. He admitted that he helped Spader and an accomplice break in.
Glover also testified that he did not take Spader seriously, and realizes now that he should have.
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