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Dec 31, 2015 3:00 PM

Gov. Maggie Hassan denies petition to keep Jazzmyn Rood in jail

ROCHESTER- A petition of almost 1,800 signatures to keep Eve Tarmey's mother, Jazzmyn Rood, behind bars will not affect a judge's decision about her release on bail.

Rood, 41, can leave jail once she meets conditions set by a judge in Strafford County.

After Rood's conditional release was approved, friends and family of Eve Tarmey set up a petition asking Gov. Maggie Hassan to keep the mother behind bars.

“Jazzmyn Rood knew her daughter was involved in drugs and did nothing to stop it,” Annette Hoitt of Rochester wrote on the page.

On Wednesday, William Hinkle, the communications director for Gov. Hassan, said the governor has received the petition, but that decisions regarding bail for individuals facing criminal charges lie solely with the judicial branch, according to the Union Leader.

“Gov. Hassan joins all those who knew and loved Eve in mourning her loss, and the governor is working with stakeholders every day on the state’s comprehensive approach to the crisis in order to help save lives, including pushing for an expedited package of legislation that was recently recommended to be sent to the governor’s desk in January in order to strengthen the state’s efforts to combat this horrible epidemic,” Hinkle told the paper.

Rood remain at the Stafford County jail as of Dec. 31, and her case is scheduled to go before a grand jury within the next two months.

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