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Man, 26, charged with murder in fatal stabbing in Hooksett, N.H.

A former New Hampshire man was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 45-year-old man in Hooksett, N.H., early Sunday morning, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office said.

Dillon Sleeper, 26, formerly of Franklin, N.H., was charged with second-degree murder, New Hampshire officials said in a statement.

Sleeper will be arraigned in Merrimack County Superior Court Monday, the statement said.

An autopsy determined Jason Wirtz’s death was a homicide caused by a single stab wound to the neck, the statement said.

Hooksett police responded to a 911 call for a person lying partially in the road at 66 Main St. at 12:08 a.m. and found Wirtz unresponsive and bleeding from his neck upon their arrival, the statement said.


Wirtz was pronounced dead after he was taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, the statement said.

The case remains under investigation.

Madison Mercado can be reached at madison.mercado@globe.com.