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New Hampshire man arrested in double homicide

A Dover, N.H., man was arrested Monday night in Lawrence and charged with fatally stabbing two women last month in a home in the Granite State, officials said.

Timothy Verrill, 34, is facing two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Christine Sullivan, 48, and Jenna Pellegrini, 32, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster’s office said in a statement.

Verrill allegedly stabbed the women multiple times inside a residence on Meaderboro Road in Farmington, N.H., during the last weekend in January, according to prosecutors. Police discovered their bodies around 3 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Geoffrey Ward, a prosecutor in Foster’s office, declined to discuss the case since the investigation is ongoing.


He did say, however, that Verrill waived extradition during a court hearing in Lawrence on Tuesday and will likely be arraigned Wednesday or Thursday in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.

It was not clear whether Verrill had hired a lawyer, and working telephone numbers for his family could not be located.

Massachusetts State Police arrested Verrill Monday evening at a medical facility on Methuen Street in Lawrence, the agency said. It was not clear why Verrill was seeking medical treatment.

Authorities did not disclose a potential motive for the stabbings or a connection, if any, between Verrill and the two victims.

The women’s relatives could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. A Farmington police dispatcher referred questions to Foster’s office.

“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sullivan’s and Pellegrini’s deaths remains active and ongoing,” Foster’s office said in a statement.

People with information about the women’s whereabouts in the days before their killings, or any other tips about the case, are asked to contact Sergeant Brian Strong of the New Hampshire State Police.

Correspondent Maddie Kilgannon contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.