Former NH principal accused of embezzlement faces new competency trial
NASHUA — A former principal accused of embezzling over $150,000 has a new hearing to determine if she is competent to stand trial.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that Shannon Dannible, 40, the former principal of the St. Francis of Assisi School from 2007-11, was found incompetent to stand trial in June of last year by Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn. Colburn found that Dannible's mental competency could be restored. Based upon the testimony of forensic psychiatrists from both the defense and prosecution, Colburn included a provision that would have Dannible's competency re-evaluated one year later.
The original re-evaluation hearing was scheduled for May 4 but was rescheduled after Assistant Attorney General Heather Cherniske stated that the prosecution's psychiatrist had not received all of Dannible's medical records which were needed to complete his evaluation.
The rescheduling joins a number of setbacks that have filled the case including two of Dannible's lawyers withdrawing and another failing to arrive for a hearing.
Dannible's new restorability hearing is June 26 at 1 p.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court.