Judge approves updated trial schedule for woman accused of evidence tampering in murder case

  • Britany Barron Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/31/2021 4:44:14 PM

A Coos County Superior Court judge has approved a new trial schedule for a Jaffrey woman accused of falsifying evidence in the murder of her boyfriend.

Britany Barron of Jaffrey has been charged with three counts of felony evidence tampering for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the murder of Jonathan Amerault, 25, of Keene. Britany Barron’s husband, Armando Barron of Jaffrey, has been accused of luring Amerault to Annett Wayside Park in Rindge after learning he and Britany Barron were in a relationship, and beating him before shooting him to death.

Britany Barron allegedly participated in an attempt to dispose of the body at a campground in Northern New Hampshire, including removal of Amerault’s head to make identification more difficult, burying the head and attempting to dispose of his other remains. Britany Barron’s lawyers contend that she was trapped in an abusive marriage and only participated under threat from her husband, while the state contends she had multiple opportunities to contact police or request assistance, but actively avoided doing so.

After several reported delays in evidence processes due to COVID-19 complications, the court has approved an updated schedule for the trial in Britany Barron’s case, with additional evidence still being processed and likely not accessible for another 30 to 60 days.

According to the new schedule, approved Superior Court Judge Peter Bornstein, the state must submit its list of expert witnesses by early May, and any major motions by May 21.

Both sides must conduct depositions of witnesses by the end of June.

The court has yet to determine when a jury trial could be heard safely, given the expected lengths of the trial, though initially the court, prosecution and defense had discussed a trial date within the 2021 year. Defense for Britany Barron has pushed for an early trial date, as Britany Barron remains in custody without bail due to the nature of the charges. There is no scheduled date for the trial or jury selection.

The proposed new schedule was submitted by Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati, who is prosecuting the case, but with the approval of Britany Barron’s counsel, Richard C. Guerriero.

Britany Barron is scheduled to appear in court next on July 26 at 9 a.m. for a telephonic status conference.

Currently, Armando Barron is scheduled to begin jury selection for his capital murder case in May of 2022, with anticipation of a trial that spring or early summer. The state has until May of 2021 to offer Armando Barron a plea.

 

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




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