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New Hampshire man charged with two counts of murder in deaths of woman and her near-term unborn baby

by | Mar 25, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

William Kelly, 28, appeared in court last Monday on charges that ”he killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child by means of multiple blunt force injuries, the first time the state has charged someone with murder in the death of a fetus,” according to the Associated Press.“ Christine Falzone was 35-37 weeks pregnant about a week before Christmas when police found her unconscious and not breathing in the home she shared with Kelly.

“The double murder charges present a first-of-its-kind case in New Hampshire,” Tyler Arnold reported for the Catholic News Agency. “This is the first time any person has been charged under the fetal homicide law enacted in 2018, which allows homicide prosecutions when a third party commits a violent criminal act that causes the death of a preborn child of a woman who is more than 20 weeks pregnant.”

“Whenever there’s a suspicious death, we, along with our law enforcement partners, respond and take appropriate action,” Senior Assistant Attorney General Josh Speicher told Hannah Cotter reported for WMUR. “And in this case, that’s what we did.”

Kelly has a lengthy criminal record, Cotter reported.

“It’s not clear if Kelly was the father of that unborn child, but it is clear that he has a violent past. Court records obtained by News 9 Investigates last year revealed that Kelly is a registered sex offender and has 15 criminal convictions on his record, dating back to when he was 19.

 

“At least two other women have accused him of violence.

 

“Kelly is being held without bail. His next hearing is scheduled for June.”

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