The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News

July 4, 2002

Husband to bail wife charged with plotting to murder him

By STEPHEN SEITZ
Union Leader Correspondent
The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News

KEENE — A strange case took a stranger turn yesterday when James Galford agreed to take in the wife who is accused of plotting his murder.

“This is agreeable to the state?” asked Keene District Court Judge Richard Talbot.

“It (is) a little bit unusual to release a defendant to go home with the victim,” replied William Albrecht, a Cheshire County prosecutor.

Even stranger is that Galford agreed to take in his wife after she was charged with three more felonies: attempted first-degree murder, attempted possession of a controlled drug, and attempted falsifying of physical evidence, on top of the original charge of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

The original complaint alleges that Corrine Galford, 34, asked ex-boyfriend Andrew Fredette to buy drugs to poison her husband, leading to the charge of criminal solicitation.

Galford, 34, was arrested June 24 in Keene.

The new complaints allege that Galford paid someone to obtain the veterinary anesthetic Ketamine (known on the street as “Special K”) to poison her husband, and that when she found out about the police investigation, she tried to destroy the body wire being used to record her conversations.

An affidavit containing details about the case remains sealed at the state’s request.

For yesterday’s probable cause hearing, the state and defense attorneys reached a deal: lower bail in exchange for waiving probable cause.

This means, essentially, that both sides agree the prosecution has a reason to go forward, and the case goes to superior court for likely indictments and trial.

Bail was reduced from $100,000 to $10,000. Her family plans to post the bail.

Conditions imposed on Corrine Galford include a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, no traveling outside New Hampshire without permission, and no contact with other witnesses in the case.

Albrecht reminded Talbot that Galford had already refused a no-contact order and has since visited Corrine in jail.

“If she should return home with you, you have no fear for your personal safety?” the judge asked Galford.

“Yes, Your Honor,” Galford replied. “I understand everything.”

Public defender Richard Guerriero said Galford seemed confident in what he was doing.

“He spoke for himself,” Guerriero said. “Corrine is relieved that she’ll be released. We look forward to resolving the case in superior court.”

He added that Corrine Galford is likely to be released tomorrow.

She married James Galford last November; they live in Marlow.

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