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James Robarge to Appeal Sentence to State Supreme Court

A 46-year Charlestown man found guilty of killing his wife on the day she filed for divorce has appealed his second-degree murder conviction to the state’s Supreme Court.

James Robarge was found guilty by a Sullivan County jury in February of last year for the 2013 killing of his wife, Kelly Robarge. In his appeal, attorneys for Robarge argue a trial judge shouldn’t have allowed prosecutors to present three pieces of evidence at trial, including cellphone location records that placed him close to the proximity of his wife on the morning she disappeared. The appeal also says the judge erred in allowing the jury to consider a tattoo on Robarge that reads “love kills slowly,” as well as accusations he previously threatened to kill his wife over a haircut.

Prosecutors say Robarge beat his wife to death at their Charlestown home, before leaving her remains in a wooded area in Unity. Robarge is serving a minimum sentence of 30 years in New Hampshire State Prison.

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