Claremont: Bail set at $250,000
David Carrier, 47, of 60 Central St., was arraigned on a charge of manslaughter.
Police say he drove over Arthur Desilets, 45, in Desilets' Roosevelt Road driveway Saturday about 6 p.m.
Assistant attorney general James C. Vara recommended the bail amount to Judge John J. Yazinski, saying Carrier was a danger to the community and had asked someone for money after the crime so that he could 'leave the area.' He has also threatened suicide, Vara said.
He said Carrier has a lengthy criminal record of both misdemeanor and felony convictions. The convictions include disorderly conduct in 1987, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, as well as possession of drugs in 1988, burglary in 1989, violating probation in 1992 and a felony drug charge in 2008.
Defense attorney Jennifer Cohen said Carrier owns his Central Street home and has been disabled and in a wheelchair since a 1987 car accident. He is currently on 'complete disability,' she said.
She asked Yazinski to set bail at $100,000 cash or surety and said he could be released on house arrest. But the judge set bail at $250,000.
After a bailiff wheeled Carrier out of the courtroom, a large number of Desilets' family members made their way into the lobby, where Desilets' eldest sister, Lynn Desilets, collapsed. An ambulance was called.
Clearing the way for her gurney outside the courthouse, another sister of Desilets said regardless of whether Carrier is in a wheelchair or not, he has to face justice.
'This crap that he's disabled is bull----. My brother's dead because of him,' she said.
Carrier's family members refused to comment.
In a news conference after the arraignment, Vara would not comment on the arrest affidavit, which was not made available by court clerks, though criminal records of both Carrier and Desilets were.
Vara would not comment on the motive.
'It's still an active and ongoing investigation, so there is a lot of information that is still coming in,' Vara said.
Desilets was known to his family and friends as 'Artie.'
His stepdaughter, Natasha Duby, 24, of Windsor, Vt., said he was an 'awesome' dad.
'He would do anything for any of us kids,' she said. 'He would give us his last penny.'
Desilets also had four sons. The youngest, Joshua, died many years ago when he was 12, Duby said. His other sons are Vincent, 18, Preston, 20 and his eldest son, A.J.
Desilets' landlord and next-door neighbor, Vera Johnson, said she called 911 when she found him in the driveway Saturday night. She had gone outside because her dog would not stop barking, she said.
Johnson said she saw a red van driving on the lawn and then saw it leave, but did not see what happened.
Desilets had worked for her family's company, Johnson's Oil, on Main Street.
'He was a good worker and it's too bad it had to happen,' she said.
Johnson's son, Andy Johnson, said he had known Desilets for years and hired him about three years ago. Years earlier, Desilets had served time in jail and was having a hard time finding work, he said.
'He needed a chance again and people were not giving it to him and we helped him out and he was a dedicated employee,' Andy Johnson said. 'He was a really good person.'
Desilets lived alone with his German shepherd, Jake, Johnson said.
Andre and Edith Faucher of Jackson Street said they used to see Desilets walk his dog around the neighborhood.
The couple said they saw the police and EMTs arrive at Desilets' home Saturday night.
'All I know is, we don't expect to see that in our neighborhood,' Edith Faucher said. 'Not like in Manchester where you see this kind of stuff on the news happen all the time.'
Yazinski scheduled Carrier's probable cause hearing for April 16 at 2 p.m.
A manslaughter conviction carries a 15- to 30-year jail term.