Sex Offender Held Without Bail In Murder Of Danville, NH Woman

DANVILLE, N.H. (CBS) — A registered sex offender who police say stabbed a woman to death was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Monday.

Richard Moore, 37, is charged with killing Jo-Anne Boucher, 51, last Monday. Investigators said Moore stabbed Boucher nine times in her home on September 2.

Moore became emotional in court Monday, wiping away tears while appearing on video in front of a judge.

Authorities say Moore knew Boucher, but did not say how–or comment on a possible motive for the murder.

Richard Moore. (Image Credit: New Hampshire State Police)

Richard Moore. (Image Credit: New Hampshire State Police)

Boucher’s death was ruled a homicide last Thursday. Moore was arrested and charged on Friday.

He has an extensive criminal record, including a conviction for aggravated felonious sexual assault on a victim under 13 in 1998, when he was a teenager.

Neighbors were stunned by the murder, but one said there had been police activity at the home the week prior.

Investigators on scene at a New Hampshire home where a woman was found dead. (WBZ-TV)

Investigators on scene at a New Hampshire home where a woman was found dead. (WBZ-TV)

On Tuesday, Jo-Anne’s ex-husband Daniel Boucher and the couple’s son Sam spoke to reporters briefly outside the home where Jo-Anne was murdered.

“We’re both shocked,” Daniel said. “Like I said earlier, we didn’t always see eye to eye but Sam loved his mom and she loved him.”

“She was one of the nicest people on God’s green earth, that’s all I can really say,” said Sam. “This is still a major shock to me I never expected it, like not the neighbors not the family, nobody.”

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