MILFORD, Mass. – The Ecuadorian man charged with second-degree murder of Milford resident Matthew Denice is slated to be in court this week, as is the man’s brother, who is charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.
Nicolas Guaman, charged with Denice’s death, will appear in Worcester Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 24, for a competency hearing. Guaman allegedly drove a Ford F-150 that crashed into Denice while the 23-year-old resident was riding his motorcycle in August 2011. Guaman is accused of second-degree murder, failing to stop the vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, operating unlicensed and other felony charges.
Then, on Friday, Jan. 25, Pablo Guaman will appear in Milford District Court for a pretrial hearing. He is charged with allowing unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, which was allegedly driven by his brother and killed Denice. Police say the brothers illegally immigrated from Ecuador.
The competency hearing to see whether Nicolas Guaman can understand the charges against him was rescheduled from Jan. 8 when the interpreter could not speak Quichua, an indigenous language of Ecuador. Worcester Judge Janet Kenton-Walker rescheduled the hearing to Jan. 24 so the proper interpreter would be available for Nicolas Guaman.
In the past, Nicolas Guaman’s lawyers stated that he’s unable to understand the charges against him.
In the other trial, Pablo Guaman will be back in court for his misdemeanor charge only two weeks after he was let go after allegedly violating a term of his misdemeanor charge release. According to court records, he was placed in custody Dec. 31 when his mandatory GPS unit failed, and he could not be reached by phone.
Court records state that Pablo Guaman was released on Jan. 10, but he was required to continue wearing a GPS unit and not leave Milford.