Mother, Son Arraigned in Murder for Hire Plot in Plainfield

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Phyllis Muzeroll

Bail Set at $1,000, 000 Each

PLAINFIELD, NH--On Thursday night, the New Hampshire State Police -Troop C released a brief statement that Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts and State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner were announcing that the following people were taken into custody on July 27 after a Murder For Hire investigation: Maurice Temple, 63, 455 Old Country Road, Plainfield, and his mother, Pauline Chase, 83, 455 Old Country Road, Plainfield.  Temple and Chase were arraigned in the 5th Circuit District Division Court in Claremont Friday morning.  They are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder and Attempt to Commit Murder.  

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According to law enforcement, an extensive investigation and cooperative effort by the Plainfield Police Department, NH Attorney General’s Office Drug Task Force, State Police Troop C, State Police Major Crime Unit, and the Sullivan County Attorney led to the arrests. According to court papers released during the arraignment on Friday, Chase allegedly paid some $5,000 to a man to “get rid of” Jean Temple, Maurice Temple’s ex-wife.  There were several conversations with the man starting in June about the alleged plot, according to the court documents. 

According to prosecutors, the man who received the money went to the police and no further charges are expected, they said.

Bail for both Chase and Temple has been set at $1,00,000 for each suspect.  A Probable Cause hearing has been set for August 7.

Temple was arrested earlier this summer for resisting arrest that was based on a warrant out of the NH Circuit Court.

Anyone with information about the investigation is requested to contact Roberts, who is leading the case, at 603-469-3344.


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