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Suspect in crash that killed Biddeford pastor, wife out on $25,000 cash bail

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat

ROCHESTER, N.H. — The man facing negligent homicide and DWI charges in connection with a head-on collision that killed an elderly couple has been released on bail.

John Shaw, 48, of Barrington, posted his $25,000 cash bail earlier this month. He had been charged with four counts of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated DWI, after an accident on Route 202 in Barrington on Aug. 31.

According to state police, Shaw had been driving west on Route 202, when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound Ford Edge, driven by 77-year-old Joel McLain of Biddeford, Maine. State police say that Joel McLain died instantly, while his passenger, Maxine McLain, died a few hours later at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

An affidavit by Trooper Christopher Storm states that first responders noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Shaw shortly after the collision. Shaw also allegedly stated he had a few alcoholic drinks before the accident, according to the affidavit.

During his arraignment on Sept. 4, he was ordered to be held in jail on $25,000 cash bail. Shortly after, his bail was posted, and he was released, according to court officials.

A probable cause hearing for his charges, which was scheduled for Thursday at Rochester Circuit Court, was continued to Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.

As part of his bail conditions, Shaw is prohibited from drinking alcohol and required to be monitored by a sobrietor with the Strafford County Community Corrections Program. He is also prohibited from driving until his license is restored by the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to court documents.

The official complaints against Shaw state that two of the felony negligent homicide charges allege he negligently caused the deaths of Joel and Maxine McLain in the Aug. 31 accident. The other two negligent homicide charges alleged he caused their deaths in the accident in consequence of being under intoxication of liquor or controlled drug.

Each of his aggravated DWI charges relate to the death of each of the victims.

Shaw does not have a prior criminal record, according to court documents.

Exeter resident Keith Carman, 55, one of Shaw’s longtime friends, previously told Foster’s Daily Democrat that Shaw is not known to drink.


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