Key figure in 2009 Wolfeboro killing arrested in Mass. 

  • —Courtesy of Millis Police

Monitor staff
Published: 8/8/2018 6:37:04 PM

The former husband of a mother of five who was found fatally stabbed in her Wolfeboro home in 2009 has been charged with stabbing a man in the back last month in Massachusetts.

Edward Burns was arrested in Millis, Mass., on July 18, accused of stabbing a man with a 10-inch knife, police said. Witnesses reported that the man and Burns were arguing when Burns threatened to stab him, officials said.

Burns was considered a key figure in the 2009 killing of his ex-wife Stacey Burns, but was never identified by police as a suspect.

Stacey Burns, then 41, worked in Wolfeboro as a nurse at Carpenter Elementary School, and had five children with Edward Burns. The youngest was 7, and the oldest 15, when she died.

Her body was discovered in her home in May 2009. Two of her children were home at the time.

Edward and Stacey Burns were divorced when Stacey was murdered. The couple separated in 2007 after a judge granted her request for a restraining order.

The order lapsed in 2008 when a judge refused to extend it. Edward Burns contested that the division of the couple’s assets and allegations that he was at fault for the marriage’s failure.

No one was ever charged with Stacey Burns’s murder and she is on the list of New Hampshire cold case victims by the attorney general’s office. 

(Leah Willingham can be reached at  369-3322, or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)

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