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January 16. 2014 7:58PM

Judge OKs demolishing plant where Hampton woman was killed


The abandoned City Concrete building in Exeter was a crime scene last March. The building will be demolished. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — A vacant Exeter concrete plant where a Hampton woman was murdered last March will be demolished now that investigators and defense investigators have collected evidence that will be used in three upcoming murder trials.

Plans by the building's owner, James Schelzi, were brought to a halt by Judge Marguerite Wageling earlier this year when public defenders sought a court order to preserve the alleged crime scene.

Wageling recently lifted the order in Rockingham County Superior Court, allowing the building to be razed.

The City Concrete plant, which was abandoned nearly two decades ago, had been deemed as unsafe by the town of Exeter and its fire department, according to court records.

Warf was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-husband, Aaron Desjardins, inside the building at 2 Hampton Way last March 7.

Firefighters discovered Warf's body while putting out a fire allegedly set by Desjardins, investigators said.

State prosecutors said in court papers that all the evidence they needed for the upcoming trials of Desjardins, his wife, Sarah, and sister, Michele Corson, had been collected from the building.

Public defenders representing Aaron Desjardins and a defense investigator were also allowed to do a walk-through of the building, court records say.

Desjardins, 37, of Epping, is accused of carrying out the plan to kidnap and murder his ex-wife with the help of his sister and new wife, according to indictments.

He was indicted on counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension. He plans to claim he was insane at the time of the killing, and cannot be held criminally liable, according to documents submitted by his public defenders.

Corson, 43, of Skowhegan, Maine, and Sarah Desjardins, 34, of Epping, are charged with accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Indictments say the two women and Desjardins spent months working out a plan for the 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.

Sarah Desjardins allegedly provided an alibi for her husband's whereabouts on the day of the murder, and sent a coded text message to Corson asking her to bring a gun, calling it a "roasting pan," according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Warf was led into the building at gunpoint, and that her ex-husband allegedly slashed her throat.

All three suspects are being held in area county jails.

jkimble@newstote.com


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