Plainfield Police

A man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in the town of Plainfield was found not guilty by a jury Tuesday.

Prosecutors argued Maurice Temple, along with his 83-year-old mother, plotted to pay another man to kill his ex-wife. Temple’s attorney said he was instead set up by that would-be hit man, who owed his mother money and first went to police with the story of the murder plot.

Temple’s mother was found to be mentally unfit for trial last month. 

Lawyer: Man Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Was Set Up

Dec 7, 2017
Plainfield Police

The attorney for a New Hampshire man accused of participating in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his ex-wife says he was set up by a prosecution witness.

The trial started Wednesday for 63-year-old Maurice Temple. He's charged with criminal solicitation of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempt to commit murder.

He and his mother, 83-year-old Pauline Chase, were arrested in July after the witness, Mark Horne, agreed to secretly record police-authorized phone and video conversations.

Plainfield Police

  A judge has ruled one of two defendants in a murder-for-hire case out of Plainfield is not competent to stand trial.

Pauline Chase, 83, was charged with plotting to pay a local man to kill her son's ex-wife. That man, the would-be hit man, ended up going to the police. He recorded phone calls and videos for police investigators of his interactions with Chase and her son.

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Usually, when you hear people making plans for a murder, it’s in a movie or on TV. But conversations recorded just last month in Plainfield, New Hampshire, aren't fiction.

Proceedings are on hold for an 83-year-old defendant in a murder-for-hire case in Plainfield pending the results of a competency evaluation. 

Plainfield Police Department

Prosecutors laid out their evidence Monday in a murder-for-hire case in the town of Plainfield. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and her son Maurice Temple, 63, are charged with plotting to pay another man,  Mark Horne, to kill Temple's ex-wife. 

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There were no bidders today for the compound of the tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. 

The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown's 100 acres in Plainfield took place this afternoon at federal court in Concord. The minimum required bid was $250,000. 

Authorities had refused to allow prospective bidders to tour the property. Last year, the U.S. Marshals Service cited the possibility of land mines and other explosives buried on the property as a complication.