NH Man With Dementia Accused in Wife’s Shooting Death

The attorney general's office said 77-year-old George "Graham" Clarke, who has dementia, allegedly shot his wife, 75-year-old Margaret "Peggy" Clarke.


A New Hampshire man with "terminal cognitive and physical health issues" is accused in the shooting death of his wife.

Police responded to a 911 call Tueaday afternoon at 553 Maple St. in Newport. Inside, officers found 75-year-old Margaret "Peggy" Clarke dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Thursday, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that Clarke's husband, 77-year-old George "Graham" Clarke, had been identified as the alleged shooter.

Authorities said Clarke has dementia and other health issues. He is currently at a medical facility.

MacDonald said criminal charges are not being brought against Clarke at this time because of concerns about his legal competency.

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