Oct 13, 2015 4:48 PM
MANCHESTER - The burned home where a Manchester man allegedly murdered his parents before setting it on fire will soon be torn down.
At a hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court for Matthew Dion on Tuesday, attorneys stated the home on Mooresville Road would be demolished at the family's request.
The demolition is scheduled ahead of Dion's trial, the date of which has now been scheduled for mid- to late-January.
"It’s an eyesore, and I don’t have any good memories now," said neighbor Tim McGuire.
The home has sat vacant, covered in blue tarps, since Dion allegedly murdered his parents inside in March 2014.
Dion then allegedly fled to Florida, where he was caught by U.S. Marshals in June.
“I think if you have something like that, that’s sitting in a neighborhood and it gets torn down, it’s kind of like burning a field," said neighbor Heather McAllister. "It allows the new growth to come back and it can be allowed to be something that’s better and not to be a constant reminder of something that happened that wasn’t a pleasant experience in a neighborhood.”
Dion was indicted in September on eight charges including two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, arson and child pornography.
If convicted, Dion will serve life in prison without possibility of parole.
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