Vermont man fights extradition to NH in murder case
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In this July 3 photo, James Robarge sits in criminal court in Brattleboro during arraignment on motor vehicle charges for an incident in Bellows Falls. He appeared today in court to face a charge of second-degree murder.
A Rockingham man is fighting extradition to New Hampshire where authorities today filed a charge against him of second-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife.
James Robarge, 43, appeared this afternoon in Brattleboro criminal court where his attorney stated that he would be fighting extradition to New Hampshire. Authorities in New Hampshire will now seek a governor’s warrant to force Robarge’s return to that state, a process that is expected to take about a month.
In the meantime, Robarge is being held at the Springfield prison.
The second-degree murder charge alleges that Robarge recklessly caused the death of 42-year-old Kelly Robarge on June 27 in Charlestown, N.H. by inflicting trauma to her body.
James Robarge has been held at the Springfield prison on unrelated motor vehicle charges stemming from his arrest last week in Bellows Falls near a medical center.
N.H. Fish and Game officers and New England K-9 Search and Rescue found the body of a woman Saturday in a wooded area in Unity, N.H. An autopsy Sunday confirmed the body was that of Kelly Robarge, and the cause of death was homicidal violence by undetermined causes.
On June 27, the day she disappeared, Kelly Robarge had filed for a divorce from Robarge. Shortly after she was reported missing, New Hampshire authorities had said they feared she had suffered serious injury or death.