Franklin murder suspect indicted

  • Assistant Attorney General Jason Casey speaks to reporters following the arraignment of Richard Tripaldi, 26, in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Tripaldi waived his arraignment. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

  • Richard Tripaldi, 2015 courtesy

Monitor staff
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Franklin man accused of fatally shooting another city resident this summer now faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Richard Tripaldi, 26, is accused of “purposely” causing the death of James Brock by shooting him in the head in late June. The 24-year-old’s body was found six weeks later in a wooded area off Flaghole Road in Franklin, authorities said.

Tripaldi also faces an alternative count of second-degree murder, according to indictments available Tuesday in Merrimack County Superior Court. That charge alleges he “recklessly” caused Brock’s death.

Additionally, a grand jury handed up a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking. Tripaldi is accused of stealing a 2007 Chevrolet Impala owned by Brock. Assistant Attorney General Jason Casey declined Tuesday to discuss the circumstances surrounding the new charge.

“Additional information about the investigation will be available once the arrest warrant affidavit is unsealed,” he said in an email to the Monitor.

Police arrested Tripaldi on Aug. 2 in Manchester and charged him with alternative counts of second-degree murder. One of those charges was not carried forward and, instead, a new charge of first-degree murder was brought against him.

First-degree murder charges are brought when prosecutors have evidence that the killing was “deliberate and premeditated,” according to state statute.

An indictment is a determination made by a grand jury that prosecutors have enough evidence to take a case to trial.

A post on Brock’s Facebook page indicated he had resided in Franklin since early June. His account was deactivated following Tripaldi’s arrest. Friends say Brock had moved to New Hampshire roughly two years ago after relocating from Jackson, Miss., where he grew up.

Authorities continue to remain mum on the circumstances surrounding Brock’s death and the nature of the crime scene near the edge of Great Gains Memorial Forest. Casey said previously the shooting was not a random act, but declined to comment further.

A dispositional conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Concord.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)