The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News

June 26, 2002

Marlow man can’t believe wife conspired to have ex-boyfriend poison him


Union Leader Correspondent
The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News

Jimmy Galford waits for his wife to be arraigned in Keene District Court yesterday on a charge of asking her ex-boyfriend to obtain poison to kill him. (Stephen Seitz Photo)
KEENE — As her incredulous husband looked on, Corrine Galford was arraigned via closed-circuit TV in Keene District Court yesterday morning on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, with him as the intended target.

The maximum penalty, if she is convicted, is 30 years in prison.

“I don’t believe it at this point,” said Jimmy Galford, of Marlow, after the arraignment. “We bought a house four months ago. We’re getting along great.”

The couple were married last November.

According to court documents, Galford, 34, was arrested Monday afternoon on Ashuelot Street. The complaint alleges that she asked ex-boyfriend Andrew Fredette to buy some drugs for the purpose of poisoning her husband.

State police said the arrest was the result of a three-day investigation involving Troop C detectives and Keene police. The county attorney’s office was aware of the investigation, police added.

Galford said he was watering the lawn when Corrine’s mother came by and told him about the arrest. He also said Fredette and Corrine had a pair of twins together before she married him. He added he had never gotten along with Fredette, but did not believe the alleged conversation was serious.

“If they talked about it, it would have been like a game,” he said. “I’ve known her for the better part of 20 years. She used to baby sit my nieces. We went to high school together.”

Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed asked for $100,000 bail and that Corrine Galford have no contact with Fredette.

“I’ve talked to the investigators,” he told Judge Richard Talbot. “She lives in the area and has children here. I’ve spoken with Mr. Galford, and he does not want a no contact order.”

There were jurisdictional issues; the state Attorney General’s Office often handles cases like this. But Heed said later yesterday afternoon that his office would be prosecuting. He declined, however, to reveal further details about the case.

“We’re still talking to witnesses,” he said. “The investigation isn’t over. The police moved faster than they would have ordinarily; obviously, nobody wanted to take a chance that Mr. Galford might become a victim.”

Talbot set Corrine Galford’s bail at $100,000 — $50,000 in cash or surety and $50,000 personal recognizance. He also barred contact with Fredette and another witness, and waived extradition. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 3.

Jimmy Galford said he planned to visit his wife, who is currently at the Cheshire County House of Corrections.

“I’m supporting my wife to the end,” he said. “None of us (in the family) believes it”

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