Machete Attack Murder in Bedford, NH Hotel

There were several 9-1-1 calls that brought the police to the Country Inn and Suites in Bedford, NH at 7 pm on August 21, 2o21.

It was early in the evening and the police were not likely expecting what the encountered when they entered the lobby and found 28 year old Nathan Cashman suffering from several machete wounds to his head, neck and body from which he succumbed. They arrested the suspect, Theodore Luckey, 42 at the scene. They found a second victim, David Hanford, age 60, who was strangled in the hotel room.

Theodore Luckey served 9 years in prison for terrorizing and holding an elderly couple hostage and and incident where he was accused of tying a former boyfriend to a bed and leaving him in a hotel room. Additionally, he was arrested for many charges but eventually plead guilty to second degree sexual assault for sexually assaulting a child under 10 in 2001. He was scheduled to be released in 2024 but received early release due to the pandemic and was out in May of 2021.

The police still are not releasing a lot of information on this case and the trial for Theodore Luckey has now been officially delayed until next fall with the next hearing scheduled for February 2022. Defense have discussed investigating aspects of Luckey’s mental health and possibly separating the two cases for 2 separate trials.

Nathan Cashman, Known as “Bones” had been friends with Luckey since he served time with him at New Hampshire State Prison in Concord where he was serving time for Possession of Meth and Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. He was released in May of 2021 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Cashman had recently lost his mother, who was just 54 the month before and her funeral was just 2 weeks before this incident. He might have been having a hard time but searches for Nathan indicate this may not have been the first time that he was in trouble as there were several articles about him being missing in Provincetown in 2014 when he was 21 after some breaking and entering activity. He most recently had been employed at the 99 in Hooksett, NH. In addition, he has been working on doing work to become a professional bodybuilder.

David Hanford was reportedly a convicted sex offender from Seaside, NJ whose crime including being convicted of sexually assaulting 2 teenage boys in 2001. He may have also befriended Luckey in prison but an immediate link was not clear in the research and documentation that has been available so far. As the trial gets underway, more information should be made available.

https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/murder-victims-in-bedford-died-of-machete-wounds-and-suffocation/article_ffd137c8-ad5c-5e59-acdc-e31a4a607e7f.html

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https://www.nj.com/crime/2021/08/man-charged-in-double-murder-spent-9-years-in-prison-for-tying-ex-lover-to-bed-terrorizing-elderly-couple.html

https://www.doj.nh.gov/news/2021/20210822-luckey-murder-arrest.htm

https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/appellate-division-published/2004/a6577-01-opn.html

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/nj-superior-court-appellate-division/1142069.html

https://casetext.com/case/luckey-v-martin

https://patch.com/new-jersey/tomsriver/seaside-heights-man-strangled-nh-hotel-asbury-man-charged

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