An arrest has taken place in a nearby state in connection with a New Hampshire man’s recent death. Investigators say that the 71-year-old man was found dead in his Manchester apartment on a recent Friday morning. Police also say that someone had reportedly stolen the man’s vehicle.
A 34-year-old woman was arrested in a neighboring state and was scheduled for arraignment. New Hampshire investigators say that they believe the woman in question is responsible for the elderly man’s death and that she may have been seen driving his car on Interstate 293. No details were provided as to when an extradition back to this state might take place. However, the woman is charged with second-degree murder and theft.
Penalty for second-degree murder in New Hampshire
In this state, a conviction of second-degree murder charges carries a possible penalty of life imprisonment. Second-degree murder is typically defined as an unplanned intentional killing or one that occurred due to a reckless disregard for human life. Manslaughter, on the other hand, is a lesser charge that is sometimes applied in cases where a defendant was under severe emotional or mental distress due to provocation.
Every defendant is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense
No matter how serious criminal charges in a particular case might be, every person charged with a crime in New Hampshire is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense in court. In the past, many people have been wrongfully accused of a crime, which is why it is so important for someone facing criminal allegations to be able to refute those charges in court. In any case, it is helpful to speak with a criminal defense attorney at the first possible opportunity.