BARRINGTON, N.H. — The man facing negligent homicide charges for allegedly killing an elderly couple while driving under the influence waived his probable cause hearing in connection to the case.
John Shaw, 49, of 72 Flower Drive, waived his probable cause hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday. He is facing four negligent homicide charges, and two aggravated DWI charges, in connection with the deaths of Joel and Maxine McLain, of Biddeford, Maine.
Shaw was charged after a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 in Barrington on Aug. 31. According to State Police, Shaw was driving west on Route 202 during the evening, when the Ford Ranger he was driving crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound Ford Edge, driven by Joel McLain, 77, who died instantly. Joel McLain’s passenger, Maxine McLain, also 77, died several hours later after being transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
According to a State Police affidavit, Shaw told first responders on the scene that he had a few alcoholic beverages earlier that day.
State Police say that Shaw was ejected from his vehicle as a result of the accident, and was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital as a result. At the hospital, “other indicators of impairment became apparent,” according to the affidavit by State Police Trooper Christopher Storm.
Shaw is currently free on $25,000 personal recognizance bail, after being accepted into the Strafford County Community Corrections program. He is currently being supervised with an electronic sobrietor monitoring device.
Shaw waived his probable cause hearing on Monday, court records indicate. His case will now proceed to the Strafford County Superior Court, where a grand jury will consider whether to indict him.
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