Trial to begin for sex offender accused of murdering Danville woman, setting fireBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
May 13. 2018 9:03PM
BRENTWOOD — Testimony is expected to begin today in the trial of a convicted sex offender accused of murdering a Danville woman and then setting a fire inside her home in 2016.
Opening statements are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court as Richard Moore, 38, faces trial on first- and second-degree murder charges and one count of arson in the death of 51-year-old Jo-Anne Boucher.
Prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s Office and the public defenders representing Moore spent last week picking the jury.
Moore is accused of stabbing Boucher multiple times on Sept. 2, 2016, and then setting fire to her home at 23 Caramel Drive the following day.
Her body was found two days later after police responded to an emergency call at Boucher’s home on the night of Sept. 5.
Moore was arrested a few days later in Manchester.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said it will take about a week to present the evidence at Moore’s trial.
He faces life in prison without parole if he is convicted of first-degree murder.
Moore is a registered sex offender who had lived with Boucher at one point. He had also listed Boucher’s address as his residence with the state’s sex offender registry.
He has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1996 with arrests for theft, shoplifting, trespassing and unauthorized use of a car.
In 1998, Moore, who was then 18, was convicted of one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault in a case involving a 12-year-old girl. He spent a year in jail.
Moore also served most of a two- to four-year prison term that began in 2005 for failing to register as a sex offender. He fled from a minimum security wing of the New Hampshire State Prison in November 2008 and was nabbed six days later.