CONWAY, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge has ruled that Nathaniel Kibby's trailer and shipping container must remain on his property until the defense has a chance to do a full examination of the scene.
This ruling means that the state will have a police officer guarding Kibby's property 24/7, as well as pay his rent.
The state is claiming that Kibby held Abigail Hernandez against her will on his property. Therefore, evidence on site is important to the case.
The judge in the case has agreed with Kibby's attorney that the defense must be able to examine the inside of the trailer and the container, as well as the area around it, rather than relying on diagrams and photos taken by the prosecution.
Prosecutors wanted to move the trailer and container because Kibby hasn't paid his rent for August, and his landlord would be able to move it off the property. Instead, the judge has ruled that the state must pay Kibby's rent and guard his property until the defense check the property thoroughly.
The court has also cancelled Kibby's probable cause hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. A new date has yet to be set.