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Jailhouse confession influences judge's decision in Farmington double murder case

Union Leader Correspondent

September 11. 2017 9:19PM
Timothy Verrill, 35, of Dover, was escorted from a bail hearing last week at Strafford County Superior Court. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

FARMINGTON — A 35-year-old Dover man accused of killing two women in Farmington earlier this year will continue to be held in jail without bail following a judge’s order at Strafford County Superior Court.

In his nine-page decision issued Monday, Judge Steven Houran wrote that Timothy Verrill’s jailhouse confession that he stabbed 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini inside 979 Meaderboro Road on Jan. 27 influenced his decision.

Houran wrote that following Verrill’s arrest in Massachusetts on Feb. 6, he was held without bail and as he awaited indictment, Verrill was housed at the Carroll County House of Corrections from June 21 to July 24.

“On August 11, 2017, Connor McGlone, another inmate in the Carroll County jail at the time Mr. Verrill was there, contacted the police. He informed them that Mr. Verrill told him, while they were both being held at the Carroll County jail, that he had murdered two women by stabbing them multiple times, that he had also used a shovel, that his clothing had gotten bloody and he had tried to hide it, that he had been in ‘flannels,’ that he had put the women’s bodies in tarps, that one of the women was a ‘rat’ and he thought the other one probably was too, that the police had his knives, that his prints won’t come back on the knives, and referring to the indictment dates being pushed back, they don’t have a case against him and that’s why he attempted to flee,” Houran wrote.

The judge said the confession has credibility because it contained details that had never been made public and could have been known only to the killer.

“Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, the court concludes that there is strong circumstantial evidence, meeting at least the clear and convincing standard, that Mr. Verrill knowingly caused the deaths of Ms. Pellegrini and Ms. Sullivan,” Houran wrote.

Houran said if a life sentence is possible following a conviction, a judge cannot set bail in cases where proof is evident.

Verrill, who has still not been indicted by a grand jury, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

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