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Charges upgraded to first-degree murder for man accused of killing two women in Farmington

Union Leader Correspondent

November 22. 2017 7:44PM

Timothy Verrill of Dover is facing the possibility of life in prison without the chance for parole. (File photo by Kimberley Haas)

Family members of Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini will feel the pain of their absence during Thanksgiving celebrations today.

DOVER — The man accused of killing two women in Farmington earlier this year has been indicted on upgraded charges of first-degree murder by a Strafford County grand jury.

Timothy Verrill, 35, of Dover, is accused of stabbing 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini inside 979 Meaderboro Road on Jan. 27.

Prosecutors say Sullivan and Pellegrini’s bodies were left underneath a porch in tarps after the killings. They believe Verrill fractured Sullivan’s skull and stabbed her in the heart, neck and lungs.

Pellegrini was stabbed in the neck, torso and back a total of 43 times, according to state police.

Verrill was arrested in Lawrence, Mass., on Feb. 6 while seeking treatment at a medical facility. He was brought back to New Hampshire where he waived his right to arraignment Feb. 8 after pleading not guilty to the murders.

Verrill has been incarcerated since.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said Wednesday it is not uncommon for charges to be upgraded after an arrest is made.

In this case, investigators found evidence that Verrill acted with premeditation and deliberation, so they presented that to the grand jury during Friday’s proceeding.

Verrill also was indicted on two counts of second-degree murder and five counts of falsifying physical evidence. Besides trying to hide the bodies, prosecutors say Verrill poured Prestone Driveway Heat ice melt over a blood stain on an exterior porch.

Verrill allegedly placed blood-stained items, including a sheet and Pellegrini’s personal belongings, in plastic trash bags in the basement of the home.

Family members of the women say they are grateful for the hard work put into this case by police and prosecutors.

Jeff Sullivan, Christine Sullivan’s brother, said they are pleased to know that Verrill has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. He hopes this pushes Verrill to tell law enforcement everything he knows about the crimes committed. Family members believe other people may have been involved.

Michael Pellegrini, Jenna Pellegrini’s father, said they are glad the case is moving forward. “I’m glad they did a thorough investigation,” Pellegrini said.

Both men said it will be tough to celebrate Thanksgiving without Sullivan and Pellegrini.

Jeff Sullivan said, “She’ll be in our thoughts and prayers. I know she is at peace now. I’m very confident of that.”

Verrill will be arraigned at Strafford County Superior Court on Dec. 7.

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