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Few answers yet over Claremont death

Union Leader Correspondent

April 10. 2012 10:15PM

HANOVER - The death Saturday night of a Roosevelt Road man, who authorities believe was struck by a van, has been ruled a homicide, the Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.

Arthur Desilets, 45, was found dead in his driveway around 6 p.m. Saturday. The following day David Carrier, 47, of 60 Central St. was arrested and charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death through recklessness.

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jennie V. Duval, performed an autopsy on Desilets Monday.

'The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt impact injuries. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide,' the Attorney General's office said in a news release Tuesday.

The news release, which was sent after the Attorney General's office hours, did not say whether the autopsy results would lead to additional or amended charges. On Monday Assistant Attorney General James C. Vara would not how Desilets was struck the van.

Carrier was arraigned on the manslaughter charge in the 5th Circuit Court District Division in Claremont on Monday. He continues to be held on $250,000 cash bail, the press release said.

He is expected to appear again in court for a probable cause hearing Monday.

Tuesday, Desilets' 20-year-old son Preston Desilets said his family was planning a candlelight vigil and walk for his father on Monday.

Desilets has a large family in the area as well as many friends, since he grew up in Claremont. Additional family members have also flown in since his death, Preston said.

'A lot of people want to pay their respects,' he said.

The mourners plan to gather at the Laconia Savings Bank parking lot on Sullivan Street at 7 p.m. and process down the street to the center of downtown and then eventually walk to Pleasant Street, where Desilets lived as a child.

According to a childhood friend Carrier and Desilets grew up together. Preston Desilets said he and his family are still in the dark as to what happened or why. What they know is how much they miss him.

'He taught me everything I do. Everything I know I learned from him. … He had a very good sense of humor. No matter what he did, he made me laugh,' Preston said.

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