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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2 charged in helping Packer flee

NASHUA – Police have charged Matthew Packer’s brother with helping the accused murderer elude capture after a fatal stabbing last week.

Police arrested James Packer, 21, of 16 Carlene Drive, Nashua, and Rosemary Chevez, 18, of 23 Eastern Ave, Amherst, on Oct. 14 and charged them with hindering apprehension, according to Nashua police arrest logs.

The couple was arraigned at Nashua’s district court Monday, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Lewis said James Packer asked his girlfriend, Chevez, to drive Matthew Packer to Wareham, Mass., after the alleged stabbing on Oct. 9 that killed 27-year-old EMT Paul Frontiero, according to media reports.

Massachusetts police found Matthew Packer sleeping on a relative’s couch in Wareham on the night of Oct. 10, about 24 hours after the attack.

Police were called to 13 Spruce St., on the night of Oct. 9 for a reported stabbing. They found Frontiero bleeding in front of the apartment building. He was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to court records.

Later, a man that was with Packer before and after the attack told police that Packer had seemed “elated” after the attack. Packer also called his brother on the phone, according to court documents, and said , “I did something stupid,” according to court documents.

Packer was arraigned on second-degree murder and assault charges in Nashua’s district court after being extradited from Massachusetts last week. He is scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing Wednesday, according to court documents.

Frontiero has been lauded as a hero. Hundreds turned out for his memorial service and burial in Gloucester, Mass., on Friday and Saturday. Witnesses say he was stabbed after confronting Packer, who was threatening Frontiero’s two female roommates, Jill Arnold and Kathryn Libby, both 29.

Libby was stabbed multiple times and released from the hospital after a few days. Arnold had minor cuts and scrapes, police said.

James Packer was held on $50,000 cash or surety bail after his arraignment and will appear at a probable cause hearing Oct. 25. Chevez was held on $2,500 cash only bail and will appear Oct. 26 for a probable cause hearing, according to media reports.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).