New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2018

Jeffery A. Strelzin, Associate Attorney General
Director – Division of Public Protection
(603) 271-3671 /

Nicole M. Clay, Attorney

Indictment of Phillip Nash for the Murder of Frances Nash

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Canterbury Police Chief Michael Labrecque announce the indictment of Phillip Nash, formerly of Canterbury, New Hampshire, for knowing second-degree murder, reckless second-degree murder and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking in connection with the death of his mother, Frances Nash, in Canterbury on May 17, 2018.

Mr. Nash was arrested in Virginia, on May 21, 2018, and later extradited to New Hampshire. He has been indicted for second-degree murder for knowingly causing the death of Frances Nash by stabbing her multiple times. An additional alternative count of second-degree murder charges Mr. Nash with recklessly causing Frances' death under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by stabbing her multiple times. Mr. Nash has also been charged with two counts of theft by unauthorized taking for exercising unauthorized control over a 2011 Mercury Mariner belonging to Frances Nash, and for exercising unauthorized control over a 2000 Ford F350 truck belonging to Chance Anderson. Mr. Nash continues to be held without bail.

The charges and allegations set forth in the indictments are merely accusations, and Mr. Nash is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658