18-year-old Antrim man charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing father last November

  • Antrim Police Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The home on Gregg Lake Road in Antrim where Jason Beam was found dead on Nov. 1, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The home on Gregg Lake Road in Antrim where Jason Beam was found dead on Nov. 1, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The home on Gregg Lake Road in Antrim where Jason Beam was found dead on Nov. 1, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/24/2020 1:39:09 PM

An 18-year-old Antrim man has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly killing his father with a hammer and knife in November 2019.

Joseph Beam, 18, was  indicted by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury in connection with the death of his father, Jason Beam, according to a press release sent by the state Department of Justice on Thursday. Joseph Beam faces one count of first-degree murder for “physically assaulting” his father “multiple times with a hammer and knife” on Nov. 1, 2019.

The next day, Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said that firefighters had responded to the Gregg Lake Road home at about 2:51 a.m. for a reported fire with a subject still within the home.

A woman and child were outside of the home when firefighters arrived, he said; inside, first responders found Jason Beam on the couch, dead, with obvious trauma to his body.

“We’re still in mourning,” Jason’s mother Evelyn Beam of Wilton said last week. 

Joseph Beam was arrested that day and has been held without bail ever since. He was an Antrim resident and scheduled to be in ConVal’s Class of 2021.

“As you know, there’s been a lot of loss in our community in the past year,” Antrim’s Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center Executive Director Melissa Gallagher said.  “Grapevine and Avenue A continue to be a source of support for teens that have those extra … needs related to processing grief and loss,” she said. Grapevine takes a family approach when it comes to supporting a teen, Gallagher said. “If a teen is impacted by a loss, crisis or tragedy that affects the whole family.” The ConVal School District did not respond for comment by deadline time.

A public defender was appointed to Joseph Beam on Sept. 24, a representative from Hillsborough County Superior Court North said on Friday, but there was no schedule at that time for the case.


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