BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — James Robarge, the husband of Kelly Robarge of Charlestown, is still being held by Vermont authorities as the extradition process to bring him to New Hampshire to try him for his wife's murder continues.
An extradition hearing was scheduled Tuesday afternoon. However, Senior Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General Susan Morrell said Tuesday morning the governor's warrant requesting his release to New Hampshire authorities is incomplete. The Vermont District Attorney's Office will go before the Windham District Court judge in Brattleboro to ask for an additional 60 days to prepare the warrant.
Compiling a governor's warrant is a lengthy process requiring several forms, duplicates and court certifications as well as approval from both the attorney general and the governor once it is ready.
"Most people do waive the formality, but every once in a while we have to go through this," Morrell said, adding the process is nearly complete. "We anticipate our governor's warrant will be in Vermont by the end of the week; then Vermont would have to act on it."
Since Robarge is fighting extradition, the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office is required to establish that Robarge is the person they are seeking. This will be done through police testimony, photographs and fingerprints, Morrell said.
Once Robarge is handed over to New Hampshire authorities, the process would start as if he had just been arrested. Authorities would have 24 hours to arraign Robarge on the murder charge in 5th Circuit Court District Division in Claremont. Then they would have 10 days to hold a probable cause hearing. Then the case would go before a grand jury.
Robarge, 43, was charged with reckless second-degree murder last month after authorities found the remains of his estranged wife in a wooded area in Unity, N.H.
Kelly Robarge, 42, was reported missing June 27, the same day she filed for divorce. It is also the day authorities believe James Robarge murdered her, according to court documents.
Separated from his wife, James Robarge had been living at his stepfather's home in Vermont. He has been held in Vermont's Southern State Correctional Center in Springfield since his July 2 arrest in Bellows Falls for attempting to elude police and grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle.