Durham woman justified in husband’s fatal stabbing, AG’s office says

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DURHAM — Investigators have found that Kristin Talcott was justified in using deadly force against her husband, Alexander Talcott, during an incident at their home.

Durham Police responded to the Talcott residence on Bennett Road on August 26 at 2:50 a.m., where they discovered Alexander, 41, with a fatal stab wound to the neck.

Despite the efforts of Durham Fire and EMS, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy by Dr. Jennie V. Duval, New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner, confirmed the cause of death as a stab wound to the neck and ruled the death a homicide.

The New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit, in collaboration with local authorities, conducted thorough interviews and scene investigations, concluding that Kristin Talcott, 41, acted in self-defense during a physical altercation with her husband.

The investigation revealed that Kristin had armed herself with pepper spray due to previous concerns about her husband’s deteriorating mental health.

After Alexander Talcott returned home and initiated a conversation, he attacked his wife with a chef’s knife.

Kristin Talcott managed to use the pepper spray and, during the struggle, regained control of the knife, fatally wounding her husband in the neck.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., she placed a distressing 911 call, which lasted nearly eight minutes, reporting the attack and her fear of approaching her injured husband.

The report detailed the couple’s marital strife, financial struggles, and Alexander’s erratic behavior and suicidal threats.

Kristin Talcott had begun preparations for obtaining a restraining order and had considered moving with their three children to Massachusetts.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office concluded that Kristin Talcott’s use of deadly force was justified as self-defense.

No charges will be filed against Kristin Talcott in connection with the death of her husband.

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