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Lawyers for man charged with murder seek to halt demolition of Exeter concrete plant


BRENTWOOD - A judge has postponed the demolition of a vacant Exeter concrete plant where police found the body of Amanda "Amy" Warf so defense lawyers can preserve the crime scene for their own examination.

The request was made by public defenders for Aaron Desjardins, 36, of Epping, shortly after his case was transferred to Rockingham County Superior Court.

Desjardins is charged with first-degree murder of his ex-wife.

Building owner James Schelzi had already agreed to hold off on plans to demolish the City Concrete Co. building at the request of state police, but public defenders for Desjardins sought their own court order to prohibit the building from being razed, according to court records.

Exeter firefighters discovered Warf's body on March 7 after they were called to the building to douse a blaze on the second floor.

The building had been deemed unsafe by the town of Exeter and the Exeter Fire Department, and plans were underway to schedule the building for demolition, according to public defenders for Desjardins.

Public defenders Joseph Malfitani and Anthony Naro said in a court motion that they have not yet been provided with all evidence against their client. They told Judge Marguerite Wageling that they are "not in a position to determine whether any independent examination of the scene is necessary."

The state processed the crime scene inside the building at 2 Hampton Road. Desjardins was arrested last month days after his ex-wife's murder. Warf, 36, of Hampton, and Desjardins were arguing over details of their divorce and the care of their 1-year-old son, William, just prior to the murder, according to family court records.

jkimble@newstote.com

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