Fifth person arrested in NH burglary killing

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2009 6:20 PM

A New Hampshire man was charged Wednesday with helping two others come up with an alibi in a home-invasion attack that killed a woman and severely injured her 11-year-old daughter.

Autumn Savoy, 20, also disposed clothing in the Nashua River after the attack last month, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said.

During his arraignment in a Milford court, a tearful-looking Savoy, of Hollis, put his head down between his hands.

"I was just scared," he told the judge. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Four other young men have already been charged in the Oct. 4 attack that killed Kimberly Cates of Mont Vernon and injured her daughter, Jaimie. Authorities allege Savoy helped Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble, who have been charged with first-degree murder, with an alibi; the other two defendants face burglary charges.

Savoy faces two counts of hindering apprehension or prosecution and one count of conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution. His bail was set at $200,000 cash.

Assistant Attorney General Lucy Carrillo said Savoy was arrested at his home without incident. She declined to comment on his relationship to the other defendants.

No motive has been given for the attack.