Judge: Man who killed wife entitled to info about victims’ fund spending

Staff report
Published: 7/24/2019 10:23:28 PM
Modified: 7/24/2019 10:59:08 PM

NEWPORT — A Sullivan Superior Court judge has ruled that James Robarge is entitled to more information about what the New Hampshire Victims’ Compensation Program expended on the victims of his crime, court documents indicate.

James Robarge, who was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his wife, Kelly Robarge, in 2013, asked for more information during a hearing in January, which the state contested, saying in part that divulging such information would violate the victims’ privacy rights.

But Judge Brian Tucker last week ruled that the state is required to provide “specific information detailing the expenditures and their relationship to Robarge’s crime,” if a defendant contests it, which Robarge has, according to Tucker’s four-page ruling dated July 15.

Tucker ordered the state file under seal within 45 days documents that support the amount of restitution the commission seeks and the connection to the crime. Previously, the state has only said the paid expenses, which are slated to total $25,000, fall into five categories: funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of support, mental health therapy and mileage.

Tucker will then review the documentation in private and release to Robarge’s attorney what he sees fit.

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