April 18, 2013

Maine woman charged in N.H. murder case

By DOUG HARLOW Morning Sentinel

EXETER, N.H.  — First, a New Hampshire man was charged with killing his ex-wife. Now, two of his relatives have been arrested in connection with her death: his current wife and his sister.

Exeter firefighters discovered the body of Amanda "Amy" Warf after putting out a fire at a long-vacant concrete plant on March 7.

Warf's ex-husband, Aaron Desjardins of Epping, 36, was charged with first-degree murder, accused of slashing her throat. He had told the media he had nothing to do with her death.

As part of his arrest, he was ordered to have no contact with his wife, Sarah Desjardins, his sister, Michelle Corson, and his former mother-in-law, Nancy Warf. Prosecutors had said they are possible witnesses.

On Thursday, Attorney General Michael Delaney said Sarah Desjardins of Epping, 34, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection to Warf's death.

She was arraigned in Exeter District Court in Brentwood, where her bail was set at $250,000. The Portsmouth Herald reported that prosecutors cited suicidal tendencies as the reason for asking for a high bail, and they alleged she twice provided a false alibi for her husband.

Corson, 43, was arrested in Skowhegan, Maine, on a fugitive from justice charge. New Hampshire authorities have charged her with conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice to first-degree murder.

Before he was arrested, Desjardins said he and Warf had moved on after their divorce last year and were working out final parenting arrangements for their 1-year-old son, William. They had been married for seven years.

He had repeatedly denied being involved in the killing and said he had nothing to hide. But it was not long after police were seen removing bagged items from his home that Desjardins was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Desjardins is being held without bail. He had waived his right to a probable cause hearing. His case now goes to a grand jury for possible indictment


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