NASHUA - A city man accused of savagely beating his father, a former Nashua police chief, has switched lawyers and his probable cause hearing has been postponed.
Eric Largy, 42, of 98 Pine Hill Road, has been jailed since his arrest on felony domestic violence charges after the incident April 22.
He had been scheduled to appear in Nashua District Court on Wednesday for a probable cause hearing, but he and his lawyers asked Judge Michael Ryan to appoint new lawyers.
"There was a breakdown in attorney-client relations," said one of his former lawyers, public defender John Newman.
Largy's probable cause hearing has been rescheduled for May 13, and his bail remains at $100,000 cash only. Defendants often opt to skip a formal hearing, or use the hearing simply as a chance to argue for lower bail. There is no indication as to what might happen in Largy's case.
Largy lured his 65-year-old father, former Nashua Police Chief Clifton "Doug" Largy, to his home by claiming someone had dropped off a golf club for him, Clifton Largy later told police.
Eric Largy then hit his father in the back of the head, handcuffed him and strapped him with duct tape to a barber's chair, beat him repeatedly about the head and held him for nearly 12 hours.
Clifton Largy was able to reach his cell phone and call his brother for help while his son was distracted when a family member phoned the house.
His brother, Daniel Largy, of Litchfield, later told The Telegraph that Clifton Largy was being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for multiple fractures in his facial bones but was expected to make a full recovery in time.
Police said Eric Largy claimed he and his father had fought, his father had started it, and he acted in self-defense.
Eric Largy is charged with kidnapping and second-degree assault, both felonies. His case ultimately will be prosecuted in Hillsborough County Superior Court.
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This article appears in the April 24 2009 issue of New Hampshire Business Review