New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 26, 2018

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications

John J. Kennedy, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 892-5883

Nicole M. Clay, Assistant Attorney General

Indictment of Jeramie Colella for the Murders of Joanna Colella and Francis Colella

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Dover Police Chief William Breault announce the indictment of Jeramie Colella of Dover, New Hampshire for first-degree murder, knowing second-degree murder, and two counts of reckless second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Joanna Colella, and his father, Francis "Frank" Colella.

The bodies of Joanna and Francis Colella were discovered at 18 Tideview Drive in Dover on August 21, 2018. Jeramie Colella was arrested later that day. He has been indicted for the first-degree murder of Francis for purposely causing his death by strangling him and for the second-degree murder of Joanna for knowingly causing her death by strangling her. Additional alternative counts of second-degree murder charge Mr. Colella with recklessly causing Francis and Joanna Colella's deaths under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by strangling each of them.

Jeramie Colella will be arraigned on the charges in the Strafford County Superior Court on January 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

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

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