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New Hampshire Man Accused of Murder

Newport, New Hampshire - March 10, 2005

Kenneth Carpenter is facing a possible life sentence for the death of Edith Meyer.

The 55-year-old Goshen, New Hampshire, woman -- known to her friend as "Pen," disappeared on February 23rd.

Police say Kenneth Carpenter killed her because he was angry she had helped his ex-girlfriend get a stalking order against him.

The lead investigator says that woman, Sandra Merritt, got an unusual phone call from the victim the morning she disappeared.

"She should rethink the stalking order, she should drop that, they should get back together. Was that call unusual? It was very unusual. Completely contrary to everything pen had represented by supporting sandy with the stalking order and breakup," says Det. Sgt. Russell Lamson of the New Hampshire State Police.

Police say a search of Carpenter's home uncovered fragments of human bone in a fire pit.

But the defense attorney says there is a "tremendous gap" in the evidence. The state has not identified any blood, DNA, or other evidence to link the victim to the defendant, or even shown how Meyer died.

Prosecutor Will Delker says that's not needed.

"The state does not have to allege the cause of death and in a case in which the defendant destroys the body, it may be impossible for the state prove cause of death, but it can still prove the defendant is responsible," says Will Delker, prosecutor.

The case now moves on to a grand jury.

They will decide whether to indict Kenneth Carpenter for murder.

Kate Duffy - Channel 3 News

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