Arraignment Set in Slaying Of Charlestown Woman
Claremont — James Robarge has been moved from a jail in Vermont to New Hampshire and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges that he killed his estranged wife.
Robarge, 43, of Saxtons River, Vt., faces one count of reckless second-degree murder in connection with the death Kelly Robarge, 42, of Charlestown.
Kelly Robarge went missing from her Charlestown home on June 27. Her her body was found in Unity nine days later.
James Robarge has been held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., since July 2 on other charges.
After his wife’s body was found, New Hampshire law enforcement officials issued an arrest warrant for him on July 8.
Because Robarge was already being held in a Vermont jail, he had to be extradited to New Hampshire. Robarge chose to fight extradition, which meant that New Hampshire’s governor had to make a formal request that he be returned to New Hampshire, and Vermont’s governor had to sign a warrant to approve the extradition. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the warrant to approve Robarge’s extradition on Aug. 9.
Robarge was transported from Springfield, Vt., on Friday and is being held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections, according to Susan Morrell, New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general.
His arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Claremont District Court.
— Sarah Brubeck