Manchester woman indicted on second-degree murder charges

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CONCORD — Attorney General John M. Formella and Manchester Police Chief Allen D. Aldenberg announced Thursday that Carrie Drake, 54, has been indicted by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury in connection with the death of Vernon Hayford in Manchester on March 3.

Drake faces one count of second-degree murder for intentionally causing Hayford’s death by stabbing him with a knife.

She is also charged with an alternative count of second-degree murder under allegations of recklessly causing Hayford’s death with extreme indifference to human life, again by stabbing.

Additionally, Drake has been indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon for having a knife after a previous felony conviction.

Currently held without bail, Drake is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. on June 18 in the Hillsborough County Superior Court – Northern District.

The charges against Drake are only allegations at this point, and she maintains the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

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