SKOWHEGAN — Michele D. Corson, the Skowhegan woman charged as a conspirator and accomplice to a murder in New Hampshire, was arraigned Friday in Somerset County District Court.

Corson, 43, appeared in court via video from the Somerset County Jail for a formal statement on the charges brought against her. She was not asked to submit a plea, and she made none.

Corson said she had read and understood her rights and that she understood the charges against her.

She is being held as a fugitive from justice after her arrest Wednesday night at her home on Water Street.

She is accused of involvement in the death of Amanda Warf, 36, of New Hampshire, in March.

Warf is the former wife of Corson’s brother, Aaron Desjardins, 36, of Epping, N.H., and he is charged with Warf’s murder. Warf was found dead with a slit throat at an abandoned cement factory in Exeter, N.H.

Also charged in the homicide is Sarah Desjardins, Aaron Desjardins’ current wife, who is being accused of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution.

According to state statute, Corson does not have a right to bail.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m. April 25 in Skowhegan District Court to determine whether Corson will return to New Hampshire for prosecution in the charges against her.

According to Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell of New Hampshire, being an accomplice to first-degree murder is a felony crime punishable by life in prison without parole.

The conspiracy charge is also a felony, punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison, she said.

Rachel Ohm —  612-2368
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