New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
November 20, 2023

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Joshua L. Speicher, Assistant Attorney General | (603) 271-3671

Meghan C. Hagaman, Senior Assistant Attorney General | (603) 271-3671

Indictment of John Kratz (age 28) for the Homicide of John Kratz, Jr. (age 64) in Derry on May 17, 2023

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella and Derry Police Chief George Feole announce that John Kratz, age 28, has been indicted by the Rockingham County Grand Jury in connection with the death of John Kratz, Jr., age 64, on May 17, 2023.

Mr. Kratz was indicted on one count of second-degree murder for knowingly causing the death of his uncle, Mr. Kratz, Jr., by shooting him in the head with a firearm, and one alternative count of causing Mr. Kratz, Jr.’s death under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by shooting him in the head with a firearm.

Mr. Kratz continues to be held without bail. An arraignment will be scheduled in the Rockingham Superior Court at a future date.

The charges and allegations against Mr. Kratz are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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