All Sections
Welcome guest, you have 3 views left.  Register| Sign In

Home | Crime

NH investigators dealt with 25 homicide cases in 2013

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 01. 2014 7:59PM
Manchester police investigate a murder-suicide at the YWCA on Concord Street in August. Authorities said Muni Savyon shot his son, Joshua Savyon, 9, during a supervised visit, then turned the gun on himself. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader File)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire attorney general's homicide bureau investigated 25 new cases in 2013, two of which have yet to yield arrests.

The state had 19 homicides in 2012 and 25 homicides in 2011, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery A. Strelzin, the chief of the homicide unit.

About 36 percent of the cases were related to domestic violence. That is lower than the historical average, over more than 40 years, of around 50 percent. Other points from 2013 files, according to Strelzin, include:

• There were three fatal officer-involved incidents. There were two such incidents in 2012, and five officer-involved fatals in 2011.

• The state saw four double murders in 2013, which is more than what is usually recorded.

• The state is seeing more cases involving defendants making competency claims and insanity defenses.

Keene: David Wheelock, 48, of Keene, was shot multiple times and died Dec. 21 in his Keene residence. No arrests made. The state continues to investigate the homicide and ask for anyone with information about the shooting to call police.

Manchester: Two men die after a shooting at 331 Lake Ave. in Manchester on Nov. 24. Police said Edgar "Eddie" Hoffens, 22, of Manchester, died at the scene. Charles Cable, 20, of Manchester, died later at the Elliot Hospital. No charges brought to date.

Hinsdale: Dustin Curtiss, 26, of Hinsdale, was shot multiple times in the torso and upper extremities Oct. 13 during an apparent family dispute that turned violent. No one was arrested in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation.

Hampton: Robert Roderick, 56, died Oct. 3 after an assault in Hampton. Authorities charged Peter Bartoloni, 70, with second-degree murder for allegedly beating his roommate with a sledgehammer.

Manchester: Wendy M. Lawrence, 45, of Canterbury, was fatally wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Manchester on Sept. 30. A state trooper pulled her over while driving south on Interstate 89 and confirmed she was a habitual offender with a suspended license. Lawrence drove off, speeding toward Concord, and onto I-93 and into Manchester, where troopers attempted to stop her at an intersection. A trooper fired at the vehicle, hitting Lawrence. She was taken to Elliot Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Attorney General Joseph Foster determined it was a justified use of force.

Weare: Alex Cora DeJesus, 35, died from gunshot wounds in an officer-involved shooting in Weare as officers attempted to apprehend him in connection with a drug deal investigation Aug. 14.

Manchester: Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, shot his 9-year-old son Joshua with a handgun several times during a visitation at the YWCA at 72 Concord St., Manchester on Aug. 11. He then shot and killed himself.

Nashua: Two adults are found dead at their home at 17 Middle Dunstable Road in Nashua. Reginal Danboise, 67, killed himself by hanging after stabbing his wife, Mary L. Danboise, 63, to death.

Charlestown: Kelly Robarge, 42, of 124 Happy Acres Road, Charlestown, is reported missing and then found dead. James R. Robarge, 43, of Charlestown, is charged with reckless second-degree murder in the death of his wife on June 27.

Nashua: William Grant, 83, and his wife, Eleanor Grant, 78, are found dead in their Nashua home on June 17. An autopsy reveals death by stabbing. No arrests are made in the case, but investigators conclude evidence suggested Shawn Burne, 37, who died of an overdose Aug. 22, killed the couple during a robbery.

Somersworth: Noah York, a 2-year-old boy from Somersworth, is pronounced dead at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover on June 14. An autopsy reveals death by smothering. Authorities charged Jared Pope, 30, of Somersworth, with manslaughter.

Laconia: Zachary March, 27, of 24 McGrath St., in Laconia, is found dead June 10. Authorities charge Kasey Riley, 19, of Laconia, with second-degree murder by strangling.

Manchester: Michael Larocque Jr., 24, of Manchester, dies from a gunshot wound at an apartment on Lake Avenue in Manchester. The resident in the apartment said he armed himself after hearing unknown people outside his apartment at 2:43 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the man's apartment door was kicked open and two unknown men rushed inside and charged him. The resident fired his gun several times during the break-in, killing one of the intruders, the man identified as Larocque. The Attorney General's office concludes it is a justified use of force.

Belmont: Priscilla Carter, 59, of 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont, and her son, Timothy Carter, 39, of the same address, are found dead from multiple chop wounds and blunt-force injuries on May 24. On July 9, Shawne Carter, 31, of Belmont, is charged in the death of his mother and brother.

Manchester: Mark Donnelly, 31, a father of two from Manchester, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the area of Pine and Prospect streets in Manchester on May 18. He died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting occurred after an argument with a man, witnesses said. No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

Manchester: Michelle Hogarty, 46, found dead in her home at 316 Mammoth Road in Manchester on May 1. Her husband, John Hogarty, 55, is charged with first-degree murder in her stabbing death.

Walpole: Larry Albert Bohannon, 51, with a last known address of Grafton, died from gunshots to the head and chest March 29 after police officers pursued him in connection with a Vermont armed robbery. The attorney general determined it was a justified use of force.

Exeter: Amanda "Amy" Warf, 36, of Hampton, is found dead in an abandoned building in Exeter on March 7. Aaron Desjardins, 36, of 67 Railroad Ave., Epping, is charged with first-degree murder in his ex-wife's death. Sarah Desjardins, 34, of 67 Railroad Ave., Epping, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension in connection with the case.

Littleton: Catherine "Kitty" Houghton, 70, is found murdered in Littleton on Jan. 28. Rodney Hill, 37, of West Danville, Vt., was charged in her murder.

Nashua: Judith Rolfe, 66, died Jan. 19 from multiple blunt impact injuries to the head. Duane Rolfe, 65, her brother, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

The Attorney General's office is also prosecuting two counts of second-degree murder against Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, in the deaths of Amanda Murphy, 24, and Jason Timmons, 29, of 35 Fern St., Wilder, Vt., on Dec. 7. He is accused of knowingly driving his truck across the median on Interstate 89 in Lebanon in an attempt to kill himself and crashing into the couple. Murphy was also eight-months pregnant.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office continued to investigate and prosecute older homicides. On July 14, 2013, there was an arrest in the homicide of Daniel Langlois, 25, a Manchester man who was shot Dec. 27, 2012. Jesus "Scoobie" Fernandez, 27, of Manchester, was charged with second-degree murder. And, in June 2013, the state brought charges against Thomas Milton, 30, and William Edic, 31, in the death of Anthony Renzzulla, 44, who was attacked in state prison in Concord in 2010. Renzzulla died from his injuries on Nov. 26, 2011.

New Hampshire Union Leader Staff Reporter Kathryn Marchocki contributed to this report.

Crime, law and justice Public Safety Social issues Top Section Stories

More Headlines