A Jaffrey man has been charged with capital murder, and his wife is charged with falsifying evidence, in connection with the death of Keene resident Jonathan Amerault, the N.H. Attorney General’s Office and N.H. State Police announced early Friday morning.
Armando Barron, 30, of Jaffrey, is accused of murdering Amerault, 25, by shooting him during the course of a kidnapping sometime during the weekend, according to the news release early Friday morning from both agencies.
Barron’s wife, Britany Barron, 31, faces three counts of falsifying physical evidence, accused of removing, destroying, hiding or altering evidence in the case, the release says.
According to authorities, investigators determined Armando Barron lured Amerault to Annett Wayside Park in Rindge during the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. Britany Barron told police she and Amerault were having an affair, according to an affidavit filed in court.
Britany Barron was arrested Thursday; Armando Barron was arrested Friday on the murder charge but has been held at the Cheshire County jail on other charges since Wednesday. Britany Barron is also being held there.
Amerault had been reported missing on Monday morning after he did not show up to work at Teleflex Medical OEM, a medical supply company in Jaffrey, State Police said in a news release issued that night, noting that friends and family had not heard from him since Saturday.
Britany Barron is also an employee of Teleflex, according to a police affidavit filed in a separate case accusing Armando Barron of assaulting his wife, for which he was arraigned Thursday. Someone at Teleflex told police that Amerault and Britany Barron may have been having an affair, according to the affidavit, written by State Police Detective Matthew Anderson.
According to the affidavit, Britany Barron called out of work Monday morning and informed Teleflex she was quitting.
After learning that Amerault and Britany Barron did not report to work, police visited the Barrons’ Main Street home in Jaffrey, where they spoke with Armando Barron’s mother, Marialena Robliedo. Robliedo said she believed Armando and Britany were hiking in northern New Hampshire while she took care of their children, according to the affidavit.
Law enforcement officers saw Armando Barron’s vehicle at the home Monday night and stopped to talk to him, the affidavit says. He told the officers he had last seen Britany Barron around 2 a.m. on Sunday, when he dropped her off on the side of the road at Temple Mountain in Temple.
Armando Barron said Britany told him she was going camping with friends, according to the affidavit. He told officers that he was upset about the state of their marriage and drove to Errol, in Coos County, Monday morning before returning home, Anderson wrote.
It is approximately 193 miles from Temple to Errol on the most direct route, according to the affidavit, and investigators estimated the drive would have taken more than 3½ hours in each direction.
State Police obtained cell phone records Tuesday that showed Amerault’s phone was in Keene between 11 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday before moving toward Jaffrey and pinging cell towers there from around 11:30 p.m. until a little before 3 a.m., when it was turned off, the affidavit said.
Britany Barron’s phone was around Temple Mountain at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, the affidavit says, and then in Jaffrey from 10:30 p.m. to about 3:30 a.m., when she began moving toward Errol.
After she was in Errol, her phone began moving again shortly after 10:30 a.m. and connected with cell towers in the Dixville Notch and Colebrook areas of Coos County before returning to Errol just after noon, where the phone remained until around 6 p.m., according to the affidavit.
On Tuesday, N.H. Fish and Game Officers found Britany Barron at a campsite tucked into the woods near Abbot Brook Road in Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant, according to the affidavit.
Britany Barron had a pistol pouch attached to her torso, and officers could see something covered under a large brown tarp, according to the affidavit.
“The tarp had sticks and branches on it, in what appeared to be an effort to camouflage the object under the tarp,” Anderson wrote, without saying what was under it.
Britany Barron was detained and taken to the Berlin Police Department, where she was interviewed by the N.H. State Major Crime Unit. She told them that on Saturday, her husband went through her phone and discovered that she was having an affair with Amerault, according to the affidavit.
She then told police, according to the affidavit, that her husband confronted and assaulted her in their home, repeatedly striking her head and face, placing a gun in her mouth and choking her. Investigators interviewing her observed obvious injuries to her face and neck, the affidavit says.
Britany Barron told investigators that her husband took her phone to lure Amerault to the Annette Park area in Jaffrey and Rindge, and that he repeatedly struck her while on the drive to the park, the detective wrote.
Just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police contacted Armando Barron, who told them he’d last seen his wife around 5 p.m. the night before, according to the affidavit. He declined to go to the station to speak with police or meet them, saying he was with the couple’s 9-year-old daughter, Anderson wrote. He ultimately agreed to meet with authorities in Jaffrey but never arrived, and police later located his vehicle at the Millipore Sigma employee parking lot in Jaffrey, according to the affidavit.
Police observed mud on the vehicle and “a dark red stain consistent with the appearance of blood on the interior of the driver’s door,” Anderson wrote.
In addition to the felony charge for Amerault’s death, Armando Barron faces several charges in relation to his wife. He was charged with second-degree domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening, both felonies, and domestic violence simple assault, a misdemeanor.