New Hampshire man charged with killing parents to be arraigned

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 12, 2015 9:02 AM

By Ted Siefer

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man charged with murdering his parents in March 2014 is scheduled to be arraigned early on Friday, following his capture last week in Florida.

State prosecutors say Matthew Dion, 39, beat and strangled his parents, Robert and Constance Dion, in the suburban home they shared in Manchester, and later set fire to the house.

Dion was believed to have fled to Florida, but he eluded capture for nearly 15 months until the U.S. Marshals Service caught him in a suburb of Jacksonville, where he was living and working at a hotel.

Earlier this year, the Marshals Service had placed Dion on its list of the top 15 fugitives wanted in the United States.

While in the Jacksonville area, Dion reportedly was taken in for periods by two unsuspecting families. In both cases, family members described Dion as helpful and kind, at least initially. He would later be accused of stealing a car, a gun and $300 from one of the families.

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Dion was extradited from Florida to New Hampshire on Thursday. He is expected to be arraigned Friday via video link in a Manchester courtroom.

Dion is charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of arson, as well as three counts of possession of child pornography.

(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Bernadette Baum)