Ward Bird testified Tuesday under oath before Democratic Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council in his bid for a pardon. Bird's accuser, Christine Harris, didn't attend.
Bird says he was recovering from abdominal surgery and was uncomfortable with strangers on his remote property in Moultonborough, a town of about 4,500 residents. He denies pointing or waving his handgun at Harris. Family and friends have started a campaign to free him.
Four of the five councilors wouldn't comment after Tuesday's hearing. But Councilor David Wheeler says Bird deserves a full pardon because there's evidence of "a gross miscarriage of justice."
The council votes Wednesday.