The attempted decapitation case against a Lisbon, N.H. man has taken a sad and puzzling turn.
Dereck Hamel, 57, was charged two years ago with multiple crimes for allegedly trying to chop a woman’s head off with an ax at her Northeast Kingdom home.
But according to public documents, the alleged victim in the case died in early October of 2021 at a friend’s house in Groton.
And as of Thursday, the Vermont State Police investigation into her death continues and the cause and manner of her death have not been publicly released.
In addition, the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office is now actively fighting efforts by the defense to have the most serious charge against Hamel dismissed even though prosecutors have lost their key witness.
Hamel has pleaded not guilty in connection with the alleged incident to charges of felony 1st degree attempted murder, 1st degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, 1st-degree unlawful restraint, burglary into an occupied dwelling, and a misdemeanor charge of interference with access to emergency services.
He remains in a New Hampshire jail on a parole violation related to a prior aggravated sexual assault conviction. Hamel was out on parole when he allegedly tried to kill Mary Ellen Corbett, 59, with an ax.