Murder suspect served time for 2003 Jaffrey kidnapping

  • Brian R. Chevalier in his 2003 Jaffrey police mugshot. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/26/2018 1:00:30 PM

A New Hampshire man, who in 2004 was sentenced to up to thirty years in prison for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Jaffrey, has been charged with murdering his ex-fiance in Massachusetts. 

Brian R. Chevalier, 51, of Merrimack, is currently in custody in Imperial County, Calif., w  here he has refused to wave extradition so that he can be returned to Mass., Essex County District Attorney spokesperson Carrie Kimball Monahan said Thursday. 

“Our office is in the process of obtaining a governor’s warrant,” Monahan said, a process which involves the Mass. governor asking the Calif. governor to return Chevalier.

Chevalier is accused of murdering Wendy Rose Davidson, who was found dead in the basement of her two-family home in North Andover, Mass., on April 21. The Associated Press reports that Davidson was strangled. 

Chevalier was arrested on April 25 in Mexico, just over the border of Calexico, Calif., according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

He has also been charged with violating his parole in New Hampshire and larceny in Massachusetts.

Chevalier recently served 13 years in N.H. state prison on a 2004 kidnapping conviction.

Jaffrey police arrested Chevalier in December 2003 and charged him with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and simple assault, and counts of burglary and criminal threatening. In those charges, Jaffrey police alleged Chevalier kidnapped, assaulted, and repeatedly raped a 33-year-old Jaffrey woman, his ex-girlfriend, over a 21-hour period in her Jaffrey apartment. 

A Cheshire County Superior Court jury found Chevalier not guilty of all but one kidnapping charge on Oct. 15, 2004. He was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison on Jan. 19, 2005. 

After serving 13 years of that sentence he was released by the N.H. Parole Board late last year.

Chevalier and Davidson met following his 2017 release from prison, they became engaged and then split up, Kimball Monahan said. 

New Hampshire Parole Board chairwoman Donna Sytek released a statement on May 14, saying she was “devastated” that Davidson may have been murdered by someone released by the N.H. Parole Board.

“I realize there is nothing we can say or do to comfort a grieving family, but the public should be assured that the board is doing its best with available information to determine if an inmate is ready for return to the community. Unfortunately, we don’t always get it right,” Sytek wrote. 

Sytek said the board is conducting an internal review to see if anything was missed, or if procedures need to be improved. 

“In the end, parole board members cannot measure or predict the darkness in a parolee’s heart,” wrote Sytek. “We will take the Chevalier case and strive to learn as much as we possibly can from it.”

Kimball Monahan said Thursday her office is currently preparing evidence and other documentation for the governor’s warrant. Kimball Monahan said seeking a governor’s warrant is a fairly common and procedural occurrence. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com


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