EXETER — It took a matter of days for authorities to arrest Derek William Webber in the death of an Exeter woman last summer, but he has yet to face indictment nearly seven months after her body was found in her burned-up mobile home.
The state Attorney General’s office has twice asked a judge to extend the deadline to bring an indictment against the 31-year-old homeless man who is suspected of murdering Carol Felides, 65, on June 19, 2018.
Webber was arrested less than a week after her body was discovered when firefighters were called to her mobile home at 66 Hayes Park for a fire.
He was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly “recklessly” causing her death. He also faces an arson charge alleging he knew the home was occupied when he started a fire.
State law gives prosecutors 90 days to seek an indictment by a grand jury after a person is charged with a crime. The case must be dismissed if an indictment isn’t handed up before the deadline unless prosecutors request more time.
The Attorney General’s office sought its first extension in July. A Rockingham County Superior Court judge gave state prosecutors until Dec. 7 to indict Webber.
Another ruling was issued in October extending the deadline to March 8.
Deputy Attorney General Jane Young said it’s not unusual to seek extensions in more complex cases. She said the investigation remains “active and ongoing.”
“There are some cases that are more complex than others and have more investigative leads to follow up on,” she said.
The Attorney General’s office has indicated in court filings that one factor that made the case more complex was the fact that the scene was destroyed by fire.
Young asked anyone with information on Webber that might help the investigation to contact Detective Sgt. Matt Amatucci of the State Police Major Crime Unit at 419-8291.