October 15, 2008
bail in New Boston stabbing
GOFFSTOWN - A
Goffstown man was arraigned on a charge of second-degree
murder Tuesday in the death of his wife at a New Boston,
Police said Robert Dupont,
60, stabbed his wife, Jo-Ann Francis, 60, at the
Friendly Beaver Campground on Monday. Francis' body was
found early Monday morning in the seasonal home she
shared with her husband.
"At this stage, the
investigation is still ongoing," said Senior
Assistant Attorney General Jane Young. "An autopsy
won't be performed on Mrs. Francis until tomorrow. We
can't give any further details at this time."
Dupont didn't say
anything as he sat before the judge and listened to
Young refer to New Hampshire law in order to convince
the court to not grant bail.
"Any person arrested
for an offense that is punishable for up to life in
prison -- which this offense is, your honor -- where the
proof is evident or the presumption is great should not
be allowed bail," Young said.
The judge agreed and
Dupont was ordered held without bail. As he was led
away, his daughter called out to him, "Dad, I love
you. I love you."
His daughter and other
family members in court declined to comment.
Dupont will be held at
the Valley Street Jail in Manchester until his next
scheduled court appearance.