Woman accused of evidence tampering seeking plea deal

  • Britany Barron Courtesy photo

  • Courtesy photo

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Published: 2/9/2021 7:38:01 AM

The Jaffrey woman accused of helping her husband dispose of her former lover’s body is seeking a plea agreement.

Britany Barron of Jaffrey is accused of three counts of felony tampering with evidence related to the murder of Jonathan Amerault, 25, of Keene in September 2020. Amerault was allegedly shot and killed by Britany Barron’s husband, Armando Barron, after he discovered text messages suggesting that Amerault and Britany Barron were involved romantically.

Attorneys for Britany Barron have requested she be released on bail on the condition she is electronically monitored and lives in court-approved housing, arguing that she would not have participated in the cover-up of Amerault’s murder were she not under the threat of her life from her husband, and that following her arrest, she confessed her part in the crime to police and has been cooperative since. The state has argued that Britany Barron was left alone for several days after the murder and had opportunity to seek help, but did not do so until the body was discovered by Fish and Game officers.

The state was originally provided a deadline of Feb. 4 to object to the defense’s request for bail release, but was granted an extension through next week, while both sides come together to continue to negotiate a potential plea deal, according to filings submitted by the prosecution.

According to the filing, submitted by Assistant Attorney General Scott Chase, there has been no formal exchange of proposals, but the defense and prosecution are in talks with the possibility of resolving the case by agreement.

“While the defense seeks a prompt hearing on the bail motion, and the State fully intends to object to the defense motion, the parties would like the opportunity to continue those discussions until it becomes necessary to return their attention to the bail motion,” Chase wrote.

The court has approved a bail hearing to rule on Britany Barron’s request for release on bail for Feb. 22. The state must file any objection to the defense’s request for release on bail five days before the hearing.

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