BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Prosecutors say murder victim Amanda “Amy” Warf’s ex-husband used a gun to force her into the abandoned concrete plant in Exeter where she met her demise.
The state attorney general’s office laid out new details about the alleged plot to kill Warf, which was said to be in the works as early as January.
Warf’s former husband of seven years, Aaron Desjardins of Epping, is facing first-degree murder charges in the case. Prosecutors say Desjardins conspired with his new wife, Sarah Desjardins, and a sister living in Maine to kill Warf.
Sarah Desjardins is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution. She appeared in circuit court in Brentwood on Friday morning for a bail reduction hearing and probable cause hearing.
Aaron Desjardins is accused of killing Warf in March by slitting her throat and severing an artery. Firefighters found her body inside an abandoned concrete plant on Hampton Road in Exeter on the morning of March 7 after the building caught fire.
Aaron Desjardins is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with Warf’s death.
Investigators say before the murder, Sarah Desjardins sent a text message to her husband’s sister asking her to bring a “roasting pan” to New Hampshire. The words were allegedly a code meaning that the sister, 43-year-old Michelle Corson, should bring a gun to the state. Aaron Desjardins, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, allegedly used the weapon to force Warf to enter the concrete plant where her body was found.
In arguments before a trial court judge Friday, Sarah Desjardins’ attorney did not dispute that her client sent the message, but instead, made the case that Sarah Desjardins was unaware that “roasting pan” was a reference to a firearm.
During the bail reduction hearing, Prosecutor Jay McCormack told the judge that Aaron Desjardins told investigators the plot to kill his ex-wife was hatched in collaboration with Sarah Desjardins.
“This was a conspiracy that took place over the course of months,” he said.
Sarah Desjardins was ordered held on $50,000 cash or corporate surety bail Friday. She waived her right to a probable cause hearing, sending her case to a grand jury.
In the days that followed Warf’s murder, Aaron Desjardins repeatedly told reporters he was innocent of the crime. Meanwhile, homicide investigators were scouring his property. He was then arrested on Tuesday, March 12.
The 36-year-old waived his right to a probable cause hearing, sending his case to a grand jury.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell has declined to comment on the manner in which police believe Desjardins killed his former spouse, who is also the mother of his 1-year-old son. Morrell said Warf’s wounds were horizontal and “deep into the tissue.”
Sarah Desjardins of Epping is accused of sending a text requesting the gun, and also providing a false alibi to police for her husband.
Aaron Desjardins’ sister, Michelle Corson, is also being charged in the case. The 43-year-old was arrested in Skowhegan, Maine, last week on a fugitive from justice charge. New Hampshire authorities have charged Corson with conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice to first-degree murder.
Family court records in Brentwood indicate Warf and Aaron Desjardins were married for about seven years before separating in 2011. They shared the home on Railroad Avenue that Aaron Desjardins now owns. His divorce from Warf was made final early last year, and Desjardins married Sarah Desjardins around the same time, according to court records.
A lawyer who was previously representing Aaron Desjardins in negotiations in family court said Warf and Desjardins were completing a parenting agreement for their child at the time of Warf’s death.
Distributed by MCT Information Services