Man accused in Nashua killing makes court appearance
NASHUA — A city man accused of killing a local woman, wrapping her body in plastic and hiding it within her apartment this past summer was back in court on Monday.
Daniel J. Burke, 51, of 23 Temple St., Apt. 18, waived probable cause during his appearance at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division. He has been charged with manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and two counts of falsifying physical evidence in connection with the death of Christina Hill.
Police say that sometime between July 4 and July 20, Burke recklessly caused the death of Hill, 52, by shoving her into a cabinet, which caused Hill to strike her head and obtain injuries that resulted in her death.
Burke is also accused of concealing blood and decomposition fluids by wiping them off the kitchen floor, discarding the cleaning material, wrapping Hill’s body in a plastic covering and concealing the corpse, according to court documents.
A police affidavit detailing the crime has been sealed at the courthouse.
Attorney Paul Borchardt, who is representing Burke, said Monday that he could not release any updates on the case.
“I can’t really provide any more information at this time. Both sides are still trying to process all of the information,” said Borchardt, a public defender.Authorities are not commenting on the connection between Burke and Hill, other than to say they were acquaintances.
Borchardt said he had no intention of addressing Burke’s bail during Monday’s court appearance. Burke has been held on $50,000 cash or surety bail since his arrest on Sept. 10.
While the motive behind Hill’s death is still not being released, authorities say her body could have been inside of her residence at 32 Chestnut St., Apt. 15, for two weeks before it was discovered due to a suspicious odor.
During a previous court hearing, prosecutors said Burke has an extensive criminal history involving violence against women. Court records also indicate that he has struggled with a substance abuse problem and was ordered to complete the Crossroads Chemical Dependency Residential Program about six years ago.
In 2010, Burke was convicted of violating his probation and resisting arrest, and in 2006 he was convicted of violating a protective order. Also in 2006, he was convicted of five counts of simple assault and sentenced to 365 days in jail, all of which was deferred.
He also had an arrest in 1995 and a conviction in 1988 for abuse, criminal threatening, and breaking and entering that resulted in a three-month suspended jail sentence.