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March 14, 2013

NH man arraigned in ex-wife's death

SEABROOK (AP) — A New Hampshire man who told reporters he had nothing to do with his ex-wife’s death and invited police to search his home was held without bail yesterday, accused of slashing her throat and leaving her body in a long-vacant concrete plant.

Earlier this week, Aaron Desjardin said he and Amanda “Amy” Warf had moved on after divorcing last year and were working out final parenting arrangements for their nearly 1-year-old son, William.

But yesterday, Desjardin was silent as he was arraigned in a Seabrook courtroom.

and held without bail.

Warf’s body was discovered last week by Exeter firefighters as they put out a fire at the concrete plant that had been vacant for more than 20 years. The plant isn’t far from where Warf worked at Exeter Hospital.

Prosecutor Susan Morrell told Judge Mark Weaver that Desjardin, who worked as a chef, intentionally severed Warf’s carotid artery.

After the hearing, Morrell declined to identify the weapon used, saying the case file remains sealed. She also declined to discuss a possible motive or say if authorities believe Warf was killed in Exeter or elsewhere.

Morrell would also not say who is taking care of the couple’s young son, except that he is with family.

“We’ve been able to bring some closure to the family,” Morrell said.

None of Warf’s family members were in the courtroom. She was also buried yesterday.

Desjardin, of Epping, who has since remarried, was ordered to have no contact with his wife, Sarah Desjardin, his sister, Michelle Corson, and his former mother-in-law, Nancy Warf. Morrell said they are possible witnesses.

Desjardin, 36, was arrested Tuesday following days of statements denying involvement in the killing. He and Warf had been married for seven years and divorced 13 months ago.

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