In earlier testimony, witnesses said they saw Riccitelli making nunchucks, a martial arts weapon. Wilmington Police Detective Mark Denault identified dozens of nunchucks in photos of Riccitelli’s apartment.
Boggs acknowledged that there were a number of the weapons in her father’s apartment. She said she visited her father often, and the nunchucks were a hobby that brought her, her sister, and her father together. “My sister and I would carve them,” she said. “Hundreds of them. They hung around the room.”
Prosecutors asked Boggs to describe any interaction she saw between her father and Boglioli. Boggs said “I think my dad thought he was a moron,” before defense attorney Matt Harnett could object. Later she said “he would follow him,” but it was unclear who followed whom.
In other testimony Thursday, witnesses testified that Boglioli bought his Ruger Security Six .357 magnum revolver in February 2006. Wilmington resident Bob Chase testified that he drove Boglioli to Delar Depot to buy the gun. Harry Jebbe, a firearms and tool mark examiner with the Vermont Forensics Laboratory testified that ballistic evidence confirmed that the gun policed seized from Boglioli’s house fired the bullet retrieved from under Riccitelli’s body.
Jebbe also testified that a wad of paper towel found wrapped around Boglioli’s gun barrel would not muffle the sound of the shot. But he said the paper towel might alter the pattern of gunshot residue that would normally be found after a gun is fired. Jebbe said he found no gunshot residue on Riccitelli’s shirt, and was unable to determine the distance between Riccitelli and the gun at the time of the shooting.
In earlier testimony Thursday morning, prosecutors introduced a key piece of evidence, an ax handle that the defense contends Riccitelli used to threaten Boglioli in the moments before the shooting. Prosecutors contend that the ax handle was placed in the dumpster before the incident.