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Formerly homeless man charged with woman’s murder

A formerly homeless man is facing accusations that he murdered the woman whose body was found by firefighters in her Rutland home last December.

Firefighters recovered Diana Lamarche-Leader’s body on the first-floor of her Joanna Drive homeafter battling a three-alarm blaze on Dec. 6, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office.

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Amador Roman, who is already facing charges in connection with Lamarche-Leader’s death, has now been indicted for first degree murder, Early’s office said in a statement. Roman has already pleaded not guilty to larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property valued at more than $250 and misleading police after police discovered him driving Lamarche-Leader’s SUV, prosecutors said.

Another man, 21-year-old Angel E. Santiago of Rutland, is being charged as an accessory to murder. Last month, he was indicted on charged of misleading police and receiving stolen property, prosecutors said.

Both defendants are to be arraigned on the new charges in Worcester Superior Court, but date has not been set, prosecutors said.

Lamarche-Leader’s cause of death is pending autopsy results. The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, and Rutland police and firefighters.

If convicted of first degree murder, Roman faces an automatic sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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