Skowhegan woman accused of helping brother in murder held without bail

Michelle Corson of Skowhegan (right) appears with her attorney for the day Peter Barnett during her initial court appearance on Friday, April 19, 2013. She appeared before Judge Charles Dow in Skowhegan District Court through a video connection to Somerset County Jail in Madison.
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Michelle Corson of Skowhegan (right) appears with her attorney for the day Peter Barnett during her initial court appearance on Friday, April 19, 2013. She appeared before Judge Charles Dow in Skowhegan District Court through a video connection to Somerset County Jail in Madison.
Posted April 19, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Michelle Corson
Somerset County Jail
Michelle Corson

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Skowhegan woman accused of helping her brother kill his ex-wife made her initial court appearance on Friday afternoon.

Michelle D. Corson, 43, was shown on a television screen linked to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where she has remained since being arrested on Wednesday evening. She appeared before Judge Charles Dow in Skowhegan District Court.

She is accused of helping her brother Aaron Desjardins, 36, of Epping, N.H., murder his ex-wife, Amanda “Amy” Warf of Hampton, N.H., who was found dead on March 7 in Exeter, N.H. Desjardins’ current wife, Sarah Desjardins, 34, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Corson said she understood her rights and that she is being charged with being a fugitive from justice by Maine. She is facing charges in New Hampshire of conspiracy to commit murder and accomplice to first degree murder.

She was not asked to make a plea Friday.

Corson will have an extradition hearing on April 25 to be sent to New Hampshire. She asked for a court-appointed attorney.

Corson will remain in Somerset County Jail without bail, said Dow.

Aaron Desjardins, Warf’s ex-husband and the father of her child, was charged last month with murder and is being held without bail in a New Hampshire jail.

Sarah Desjardins’ arraignment was held Thursday in Exeter District Court in Brentwood, N.H., according to Seacoastonline.com.

During the proceedings, her bail was set at $250,000. Prosecutors cited suicidal tendencies as the reason for asking for a high bail and they alleged she provided a false alibi for her husband.

Authorities allege that Aaron Desjardins used a sharp object to cut Warf’s throat, according to Seacoastonline.com. Her body was discovered on March 7 by firefighters extinguishing a small fire at the former City Concrete Co. in Exeter, said the news report.

Corson voluntarily came to the Skowhegan Police Department on Wednesday evening to speak with New Hampshire State Police and was subsequently arrested, according to court documents. New Hampshire had issued an arrest warrant on April 12.

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