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Penacook man accused of lighting twin sister on fire ruled unfit to stand trial

  • Dwayne Crawford, 37, of Penacook Concord police—

Monitor staff
Published: 2/15/2017 5:22:55 PM

The Penacook man accused of lighting his twin sister on fire has been ruled incompetent to stand trial, according to court documents.

Dwayne Crawford, 37, was charged with five felonies – including arson and attempted murder – after police said he admitted to the crime at the scene of a burning Woodbine Avenue home in December.

In a Concord Circuit Court document approved by Judge Kristin Spath last week, the defense and prosecution agreed that Crawford “shall be declared not competent to stand trial.”

But the parties continued to say that Crawford is “potentially restorable,” meaning they’ll review his status in the future. They requested another hearing within 30 days.

Police Officer Brendan Ryder wrote in a sworn affidavit that Crawford confessed to dousing his sister, Tamika Crawford, in gasoline and lighting her on fire about 3 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the 66 Woodbine Ave. home.

“I did it, I lit her on fire,” Crawford allegedly told Ryder, referring to his sister.

Ryder added: “As Dwayne stated this, he displayed very little affect and expressed no emotion.”

Tamika Crawford was severely burned and brought to a Boston hospital, where she’s still recovering, according to public Facebook posts written recently by her mother.

Her two young sons were home at the time of the incident. When police arrived, they found Tamika lying in a snowbank outside, with Dwayne Crawford and her boys standing nearby.

In preparation for the ruling last week, the state’s Office of the Forensic Examiner requested access to Crawford’s mental health records from New Hampshire Hospital, Riverbend Community Mental Health, Concord Hospital and the Merrimack County jail.

Dwayne Crawford was formerly declared unfit to stand trial in a different case in 2015. He was charged in December 2014 with simple assault and resisting arrest at his apartment at the time on Pitman Street in Concord, when police said he struggled with and attempted to fight officers responding to his home.

Crawford has been listed in court documents as living at the 66 Woodbine Ave. home and as homeless.

Crawford is being held at Merrimack County jail pending the resolution of his case. A transport order was issued for his review hearing March 9 at 8:30 a.m., according to court documents.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at
@NickBReid.)


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