Updated: Man charged with killing ex-wife in Exeter had help from wife, sister, authorities say
By JASON SCHREIBER Union Leader Correspondent
Sarah Desjardins of Epping at her video arraignment in Brentwood Thursday on charges related to the murder of Amanda (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)
BRENTWOOD - The wife and sister of an Epping man accused of killing his ex-wife are now facing murder conspiracy and other charges in connection with the death of Amanda "Amy" Warf.
Sarah Desjardins, 34, of 67 Railroad Ave., Epping, was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail at her arraignment Thursday morning in the 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood District Division. She is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Desjardins' husband, Aaron Desjardins, 36, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge last month after prosecutors say he killed the 36-year-old Warf by slitting her throat. Her body was discovered inside a burning concrete plant in Exeter on March 7.
Desjardins' sister, Michele Corson, 43, of 373 Water St., Skowhegan, Maine, is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and one count of accomplice to first-degree murder. The two women were arrested Wednesday night.
Morrell said the charges allege that Sarah Desjardins sent a text message to Corson asking her to bring a gun to New Hampshire and that she did bring the gun on March 6 "for the purpose of furthering the murder of Amy Warf."
It's not clear how the gun may have been used in the killing. Morrell said the cause of death was a severing of Warf's neck.
Morrell said Sarah Desjardins provided a false alibi concerning her husband's whereabouts after he allegedly killed Warf. Corson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Skowhegan District Court or Somerset Superior Court in Maine on fugitive from justice charges. She'll face the charges related to the murder once she's returned to New Hampshire, Morrell said.
In court, Morrell also said that on two occasions Sarah Desjardins indicated that she had suicidal tendencies and was sent to a hospital. Morrell said she poses safety concerns for herself and the public. She is due back in court on April 26 at 10 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.
Meanwhile, Aaron Desjardins has denied that he killed Warf. In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader two days before his arrest, Desjardins said he was at home with his wife, his sister, and his young son - whose mother was Warf - when the fire was reported and the body was found.
At the time of the murder, Warf was living in Hampton with her boyfriend. Warf's mother, Nancy, and brother attended Sarah Desjardins' arraignment today but did not want to comment on the latest developments.