CONCORD, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Newport Police Chief James C. Burroughs have announced the additional information regarding the ongoing investigation into the May 7, homicide of Margaret “Peggy” Clarke in Newport, NH.
Police involvement in the case began on the afternoon of May 7, when a 911 caller reported that a female had been shot at 553 Maple Street in Newport. Police responded to the scene and found Clarke (age 75), a resident of the home, deceased inside the residence. An autopsy later revealed that the cause of Clarke’s death was a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of her death was homicide.
According to a statement released by the NH Attorney General’s Office this evening, “The investigation to date has identified that the alleged perpetrator of the shooting is Ms. Clarke’s husband, George [Graham] Clarke (age 77). The accused is suffering from terminal cognitive and physical health issues, including dementia, and is currently at a medical facility. Under these circumstances and due to concerns regarding Mr. Clarke’s legal competency, no criminal charges will be brought at this time.”
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