For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010
Senior Assistant Attorney General N. William Delker
Cell: (603) 419-0259
Assistant Attorney General Lucy Carrillo
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola announce that on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, David McLeod, age 53, was arrested on four counts of Second Degree Murder in connection with the homicides of the Hina family in 1989.
At approximately 2:25 a.m., on January 14, 1989, the Keene police and fire departments responded to a fire of a multi-family apartment building at 88 High Street in Keene. When the police and fire departments arrived they discovered Carl Hina (age 49), his wife, Lori Hina (age 26), their four-month-old daughter Lillian Hina, and Carl's twelve-year-old daughter Sara in their apartment. Carl was pronounced dead at the scene. Lori, Sara, and Lillian were all transported to Cheshire Medical Center where efforts to revive them were unsuccessful. The medical examiner determined that all four victims died as a result of smoke inhalation.
Initially the Keene Fire Department opined that the fire may have started accidentally. However, subsequent investigation by the Keene Police Department developed evidence that the fire was suspicious. After further investigation, the NH Fire Marshall's Office ruled the fire started as a result of arson. No arrests were made during the original investigation and the case remained open.
In July 2009, a bill creating New Hampshire's first Cold Case Unit to investigate unresolved homicides and suspicious deaths was enacted. In December 2009, the Unit began reviewing over 100 cases and focused on the deaths of the Hina family as one of its first cases. The investigators reviewed the original file, reinterviewed witnesses, and interviewed witnesses who were not spoken to during the original investigation. The Unit also consulted with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Thomas Andrew reviewed information generated during the investigation and certified that the deaths of the Hina family were the result of homicide. The Keene Police Department and Fire Department also cooperated in the current investigation.
As a result of the current investigation, the Unit sought and obtained an arrest warrant for four counts of Second Degree Murder against David McLeod for recklessly causing the death of the Hina family members under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by starting the fire at 88 High Street on January 14, 1989. The West Sacramento Police Department, together with members of the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit arrested David McLeod in West Sacramento, California on June 30, 2010. McLeod has lived in the Sacramento area for more than 15 years.
Today, McLeod was arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge in the Yolo County Superior Court in Woodland, California. A contested hearing was held and at the conclusion of that hearing, McLeod was ordered to be returned to New Hampshire. He is expected to arrive in New Hampshire late on Thursday, July 1, 2010.
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