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Farmington teen indicted for man's 2017 murder, shooting own mother

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 25. 2018 12:38PM
State police collect evidence at the home in Farmington where James LaPrade and Denise Belyea were shot on March 15, 2017. LaPrade was a Marine Corps veteran. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

A Farmington teenager newly indicted for murder was 15 years old when he allegedly shot his mother and killed a man last year, according to court papers.

James Belyea, now 17, will stand trial as an adult. He was indicted in Strafford County Superior Court for first-degree murder and second-degree murder for causing the death of James LaPrade on March 15, 2017, in Farmington, according to the state Attorney General’s office.

Belyea was also indicted for attempted murder for the shooting of his mother, Denise Belyea, authorities said.

“They all lived in Mr. LaPrade’s residence at that time,” Deputy Attorney General Jane Young said Wednesday.

Young said she couldn’t comment on a motive or the relationship of LaPrade to the Belyea family.

LaPrade was 33 years old when he was killed at 27 Oakwood Road. At the time, authorities didn’t identify Denise Belyea, then 32, as a shooting victim, or identify the alleged shooter.

Authorities worked to get James Belyea certified to stand trial as an adult.

“Anyone under 18 has to be certified by the courts to be able to stand trial as an adult in homicide cases,” Young said.

Belyea has been indicted for first-degree murder because he “did purposely cause” LaPrade’s death “by shooting him in the head with a gun,” according to the indictment.

Belyea also was indicted on an alternative count of second-degree murder for he “did recklessly cause” LaPrade’s death “under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life, by shooting him in the head with a gun,” authorities said.

Belyea also was indicted for attempted murder for committing “an act constituting a substantial step toward the commission of the crime of murder, when he repeatedly fired a handgun at Denise Belyea, striking her in the process.”

Belyea’s arraignment is slated for Aug. 2, at 12:30 p.m. in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.

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