Judge denies probable cause hearing for accused Jaffrey killer

  • Armando Barron Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/7/2021 11:39:20 AM
Modified: 1/7/2021 11:39:08 AM

A judge has denied Jaffrey man Armando Barron’s request for a probable cause hearing in his ongoing capital murder case. 

Barron is accused of killing 25-year-old Jonathan Amerault after allegedly discovering he was having an affair with his wife, and then attempting to dispose of the body and evidence at a campsite in Northern New Hampshire.

Meredith Lugo, attorney for Barron, filed a request for an in-person probable cause hearing on Dec. 22. On Jan. 5, Judge David W. Ruoff denied that request.

“At the heart of the defendant’s request is the simple argument that the only evidence that the defendant committed the crime of murder is the ‘word’ of the defendant’s wife,” Ruoff wrote in his decision. “The defendant argues, in effect, that she has a motive to lie and that her ‘evidence’ is just an accusation and is not credible. This argument, as the State points out, is not a reasonable interpretation of the evidence for purposes of establishing probable cause.”

Ruoff was unconvinced by Lugo’s argument that Barron’s wife, whom was allegedly present at the time of Amerault’s murder and who told police that Barron forced her to participate in attempts to dispose of his body, was an unreliable witness.

Ruoff said Barron had not disputed that the murder, or other crimes he was accused of in conjunction with the murder had taken place.

“His argument that the ‘main’ witness has powerful motives to lie, in light of the facts before the Court, is not sufficient to warrant a probable cause hearing,” Ruoff wrote in his decision.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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