Jaffrey couple indicted on charges related to Amerault murder

  • Britany Barron Courtesy photos

  • Armando Barron

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/28/2021 3:08:06 PM

Armando and Britany Barron of Jaffrey have been indicted by a multi-county Grand Jury on crimes related to the murder of Jonathan Amerault.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt or innocence, but shows a jury found sufficient evidence to bring charges to trial. All parties are continued to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Armando Barron, 31, is accused of using his wife’s cell phone to lure Amerault to Annett State Park in Rindge in the overnight between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, after discovering Amerault and his wife, Britany Barron, 31, were allegedly having an affair. After luring Amerault, 25, of Keene, to the isolated park, he allegedly beat him and attempted to coerce his wife, Britany Barron into killing Amerault, before ultimately forcing Amerault into the back of his own car and shooting him multiple times, resulting in his death.

Armando Barron is also accused of assaulting his wife prior to the murder, as well as afterward.

Britany Barron is accused of four counts of falsifying physical evidence, for actions she allegedly took following the murder to attempt to cover up the crime.

On Tuesday at 5 p.m., the State’s Attorney General announced both Armando and Britany Barron had been indicted on multiple crimes related to Amerault’s murder.

Armano Barron was indicted on one count of capital murder, for allegedly knowingly causing Amerault’s death while attempting to kidnap him, as well as an alternative count of first-degree murder.

He was indicted on one count of kidnapping for knowingly confining Amerault “with a purpose to terrorize him and/or to commit an offense against him,” and second-degree assault for “recklessly causing bodily injury” with “extreme indifference to the value of human life” by kicking Amerault in the head.

He was also indicted on two counts of solicitation of murder for allegedly soliciting Britany Barron to kill Amerault by shooting him with a firearm and then by applying force to Amerault’s neck. He was also indicted on criminal solicitation of first-degree assault for soliciting his wife to apply force to Amerault’s neck and to injure Amerault with a knife.

Britany Barron allegedly told police she refused to shoot Amerault, but did, under threat from her husband, place her foot on Amerault’s neck, but did not apply sufficient pressure to kill him. She also allegedly admitted to police that she cut Amerault’s wrist with a machete at the direction of her husband.

Armando Barron was also indicted on three counts relating to domestic violence in a case that has been connected by the courts to Amerault’s murder. Documents refer to the victim of Armando Barron’s assaults as “B.B.” but charges align with allegations Britany Barron made that her husband violently assaulted her prior to the murder in Rindge, and also afterward.

Armando Barron was indicted on three domestic violence charges for reckless conduct, for allegedly placing a firearm inside of Britany Barron’s mouth, two counts of second-degree assault for striking her in the head and nose, breaking her and knowingly applying pressure to her neck and throat, strangling her to the point it impeded breathing or blood circulation, and one count of domestic violence for “confining” a family member “by means of physical force or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.”

According to the indictment, Armando Barron allegedly grabbed Britany Barron’s arm, while in possession of a gun, and told her words to the effect of “Go with me quietly, or the girls are going to see something messy,” in reference to their children.

Two additional complaints were filed by the Office of the Attorney General charging Armando Barron with domestic violence for “knowingly causing unprivileged physical contact against a family member, B.B., by striking her in the head while inside their residence, and later while inside a motor vehicle,” which are considered misdemeanor-level offenses.

Britany Barron was indicted on three counts of falsifying physical evidence for allegedly knowingly separating Amerault’s head from his body to make his remains more difficult to identify, wrapping Amerault’s body in a tarp and dragging it to a remote area and cleaning part of Amerault’s Subaru Impreza, which had been used to transport his body to a campsite in northern New Hampshire, “all with the purpose to impair it verity or availability in the proceeding or investigation.”

Two additional complaints were filed by the Office of the Attorney General charging Britany Barron for the misdemeanor offenses of Abuse of a Corpse for removing Jonathan Amerault’s head and concealing his body by wrapping it in a tarp and dragging it into a remote area.

Both Britany and Armando Barron remain held without bail. Arraignment for Britany Barron will be scheduled in Coos County Superior Court. Arraignment for Armando Barron will be scheduled in the Cheshire County Superior Court.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 244, asaari@ledgertranscript.com, or on Twitter

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