New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2019

Contact:
Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
kate.spiner@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

Benjamin J. Agati, Senior Assistant Attorney General
benjamin.agati@doj.nh.gov | (603) 419-0124

Jesse O'Neill
Assistant Attorney General

Additional Information Regarding the May 7, 2019 Homicide of Peggy Clarke in Newport, New Hampshire

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Newport Police Chief James C. Burroughs announce that additional information is available regarding the ongoing investigation into the May 7, 2019 homicide of Margaret "Peggy" Clarke in Newport, New Hampshire.

Police involvement in the case began on the afternoon of May 7, 2019, when a 911 caller reported that a female had been shot at 553 Maple Street in Newport. Police responded to the scene and found Ms. Clarke (age 75), a resident of the home, deceased inside the residence. An autopsy later revealed that the cause of Ms. Clarke's death was a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of her death was homicide.

The investigation to date has identified that the alleged perpetrator of the shooting is Ms. Clarke's husband, George [Graham] Clarke (age 77). The accused is suffering from terminal cognitive and physical health issues including dementia and is currently at a medical facility. Under these circumstances and due to concerns regarding Mr. Clarke's legal competency no criminal charges will be brought at this time.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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Telephone: 603-271-3658