Epping man to plead guilty in ex-wife death
A New Hampshire man who once said he had nothing to do with his ex-wife’s death is planning to enter a guilty plea in the case.
Aaron Desjardins of Epping is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2013 killing of Amanda “Amy” Warf. His sister, Michele Corson of Skowhegan, Maine, who faces accomplice to first-degree murder and other charges, also plans to enter a guilty plea.
Prosecutors say Desjardins slit Warf’s throat and then tried to cover it up by setting her body on fire in a vacant concrete plant in Exeter.
The notices to plead guilty don’t specify a charge. Desjardins’s was filed in Rockingham County Superior Court on Wednesday. His public defenders, Joseph Malfitani and Anthony Naro, were out of the office and unavailable to comment, the Stratham office said.
Corson’s lawyer, Andrew Cotrupi, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Susan Morrell, New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general, said she couldn’t comment “other than what’s in the public record.”
In an affidavit unsealed this year, Desjardins, 37, said Warf was trying to take away their son and he plotted with his current wife, Sarah Desjardins, to kill Warf. He revealed the information in a recorded phone conversation with Bob Hutchinson, his brother-in-law, the police said.
Aaron Desjardins has been in jail. His lawyers had filed documents saying he planned to use the insanity defense when his case goes to trial. That was scheduled for May 2015, Morrell said. Corson faced trial in November.
Sarah Desjardins is charged as an accomplice. Her trial is scheduled for February 2015. Her attorney filed paperwork this year saying she was under duress at the time.
Soon after Warf’s body was found, Desjardins said the two had been married for seven years before divorcing in 2012.
“I have nothing to do with my ex-wife’s death,” Desjardins told Foster’s Daily Democrat at the time. “She is the mother of my son.”
He said he and Warf had come to a full agreement on the custody of their son and were just working out a final parenting plan. The boy is now 2 years old.