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Murdered woman's son faced charges he assaulted her

Union Leader Correspondent

May 24. 2018 2:46PM
Phillip Nash, left, is being held in a Virginia jail. The body of his mother, Frances Nash, right, was found Monday in Canterbury; she had been stabbed to death. 

FRANKLIN — Just six days before the body of his murdered mother was found, “competency concerns” were cited in the dismissal of an unlawful possession of alcohol charge pending against Phillip Nash.

Nash, 21, of Canterbury, remains jailed in Virginia after authorities there took him into custody after a traffic stop Monday night. New Hampshire State Police had issued an alert for Nash on Monday afternoon, saying he was wanted for a probation violation and for driving a stolen truck.

Frances Nash, 51, was found stabbed to death in a wooded area in Canterbury on Monday, after State Police announced the night before they were looking for her and her 2011 Mercury SUV. She had been missing since last Thursday.

Phillip Nash has not been charged in his mother’s death.

According to documents on file in the 6th Circuit District-Division Franklin Court, Nash was arrested by Boscawen police last Dec. 18, 2017, at the Cumberland Farms on King Street for being intoxicated and being about a month shy of the legal age to drink or possess alcohol.

Nash pleaded not guilty and on May 15, Judge Edward Gordon dismissed the charge.

On Jan. 1, 2017, he was charged with three counts of domestic violence-related simple assault and resisting arrest for allegedly assaulting his mother Frances Nash. Police said he then tried to evade them by jumping out the second-story window of the North Main Street apartment in Boscawen where his mother lived.

The Class A misdemeanor complaints alleged that Nash grabbed his mother by the arms and physically removed her from her vehicle, throwing her to the pavement in the parking lot of 4 Eel St. in Boscawen on Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.

A second count of simple assault alleged that he placed her in a choke hold inside her vehicle during the same incident.

Nash was also charged with simple assault for wrestling Frances Nash to the ground inside her apartment to block her access to her cellphone, to prevent her from calling police, according to the criminal complaint filed by Boscawen police Lt. Jason Killary.

All of the charges related to the alleged assault of Nash’s mother were dropped on May 1, 2017, on the condition he undergo a mental health evaluation within six months, follow any recommendations and provide proof to the state of completion. The agreement additionally required Nash to remain on good behavior for one year.

Nash’s alleged failure to comply with the terms of the agreement resulted in a probation violation charge being filed.

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at the Maxfield Public Library in Loudon, where Frances Nash, 51, worked as a program coordinator.

“I think it’s too soon,” said the person answering the phone at the library on Wednesday when asked to share some remembrances of the Canterbury mother of two.

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