Arrests Made in Connection with Murder in Coos County

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Nathan A. Noyes announce that arrests were made on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, 2020, in connection with the murder of Jonathan Amerault, age 25, whose body was discovered in Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant in Coos County, New Hampshire on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

On September 24, 2020, an autopsy was conducted by New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval.  Dr. Duval determined that the cause of Jonathan Amerault’s death as, gunshot wound to the head, and that the manner of death is homicide.

Armando Barron, age 30, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, was arrested on Friday, September 25, 2020, and charged with capital murder for knowingly causing the death of Jonathan Amerault by shooting him while engaged in the commission of a kidnapping.  Investigators have determined that Armando Barron lured Jonathan Amerault to Annette Wayside Park in Rindge, New Hampshire in the overnight hours between Saturday, September 19, 2020, and Sunday, September 20, 2020.  Pursuant to RSA 630:1, I(b) a person is guilty of capital murder if he knowingly causes the death of another before, after, while engaged in the commission of, or while attempting to commit kidnapping as that offense is defined in RSA 633:1.

In addition, Britany Barron, age 31, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, was arrested on Thursday, September 24, 2020, and charged, with three counts of falsifying physical evidence in conjunction with Jonathan Amerault’s murder for altering, destroying, concealing, or removing items of physical evidence when she believed an investigation was pending or about to be instituted with a purpose to impair their verity or availability.  Britany Barron is Armando Barron’s spouse.

The charges and allegations set forth in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: NH State Police Press Release