For Immediate Release
May 16, 2012
Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Susan G. Morrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and Auburn Police Chief Edward Picard, announce that an arrest has been made in a murder from 2001.
Arthur Collins, age 43, of 113 Conant Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, has been arrested and charged with alternative counts of Second-Degree Murder. The charges are for knowingly and/or recklessly causing the death of George Jodoin, age 50, of Auburn, New Hampshire, by shooting Jodoin multiple times in the head and neck with a firearm.
George Jodoin's murder occurred on or about December 26, 2001, at Mr. Jodoin's home at 718 Chester Road in Auburn. Mr. Jodoin's body was discovered the next day by a friend. Despite a concerted effort to solve the case, no arrest was made and the case lay dormant for several years.
In July 2009, a bill creating New Hampshire's first Cold Case Unit to investigate unresolved homicides and suspicious deaths was enacted. In September 2011, the Cold Case Unit reopened the Jodoin murder case and began reinvestigating the case. That investigation led to today's arrest, which is the culmination of a cooperative effort by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit, and the Auburn Police Department.
The defendant is expected to be arraigned on the murder charges in the Candia District Court at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 17th, 2012.
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