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Nov 4, 2016 8:20 AM

Daughter of NH couple who died in fire against arsonist's transfer from jail to hospital

CLAREMONT (AP) — The daughter of a New Hampshire couple who were killed in an apartment fire 12 years ago is concerned that the man who set the fire could be allowed to leave prison for a unit at the state psychiatric hospital.

The Valley News reports Matthew Carignan has been at the Secure Psychiatric Unit at the state prison since 2006. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of first-degree murder in the 2004 deaths of Lynn and Laurie Estep.

Emily Estep, who was 13 when her parents were killed, says she fears for the public's safety if the 33-year-old Carignan gets permission to go to the state-run New Hampshire Hospital.

A Nov. 17 hearing is scheduled to determine whether Carignan will be transferred to the less-restrictive unit.

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