Timeline: Matthew Denice Case, a Year Later

A year after the death of Milford's Matthew Denice, no trial has been scheduled and the defendant is undergoing a medical evaluation to determine whether he is competent.

Editor's Note: the following is a timeline of events following the death of Matthew Denice, 23, who was killed on Aug. 20, 2011. Nicolas Guaman, an Ecuadorian citizen, has been charged with second degree murder and other offenses in his death.

Aug. 20, 2011: a recent graduate of Framingham State University, is killed after being struck while riding his motorcycle, and dragged by a man driving a Ford F-150, according to police. The truck driver is arrested a short distance away after fleeing.

Aug. 22, 2011: an Ecuadorian citizen, is arraigned in Milford District Court on charges relating to the death of Denice. About a dozen family members and friends of Denice attended the arraignment hearing, as well as several people who said they just wanted to show support for the family.

Aug. 26, 2011: More than 1,000 people came to Draper Memorial Park for a candlelight vigil to remember Denice. Many in the crowd said they never met the 23-year-old, but had been moved to attend by the circumstances of his death.

Aug. 30, 2011: Several hundred people, including town and state officials, attended at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

Sept. 7, 2011: Ecuadorian officials met with town and state officials in a forum at Milford Town Hall. which preceeded the meeting, drew several hundred people.

Oct. 9, 2011: More than 300 motorcyclists took part in with the proceeds turned over to his family for a cause of their choosing.

Oct. 15, 2011: who was in the pickup truck with Guaman, flees the U.S. and returns to his home country of Ecuador, touching off Acosta reportedly cut through the ankle monitoring bracelet placed on him by ICE. He remains in Ecuador.

Oct. 21, 2011: on a second degree murder charge, a more substantial charge than initially filed by prosectuors, as well as numerous other offenses. If convicted, he faces at least 15 years in state prison on the second degree murder charge alone.

Nov. 1, 2011: Guaman pleads not guilty to all charges, in his He is ordered held without bail. He later is appointed two defense attorneys, Stuart Hurowitz and Peter Ettenberg.

Jan. 26, 2012: to drive his truck without a license, is arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Milford District Court relating to the crash. The charge is permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle. Following his arraignment, Pablo Guaman was taken into custody by ICE. He was released to state custody a few days later and ordered to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.

Feb - May, 2012: A series of pre-trial hearings at Worcester Superior Court, featuring requests by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Among other things, prosecutors received , and defense attorneys received permission for a medical evaluation of Guaman. A judge also agrees to allow prosecutors to , to secure their testimony should they be unavailable at trial.

June 26, 2012: In a court hearing in Worcester Superior Court, Peter Ettenberg, the lead defense counsel, He cited a medical evaluation by a neuropsychologist selected by the defense. A court-appointed psychologist is now conducting a complete evaluation of Guaman.

June 27, 2012: is deposed in a public session at Worcester Superior Court. Under questioning from a state prosecutor, she said her son, a witness to the events, was traumatized by what happened.

July 26, 2012: A Worcester Superior Court judge decided to as depositions were scheduled to continue. The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Aug. 29.


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