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Jul 20, 2016 5:52 PM

UPDATE: Chesterfield son charged, held without bail for allegedly stabbing father in the neck


KEENE - A Chesterfield man is being held without bail after being charged with allegedly killing his father in their home.

Peter Giandalone, 23, faced a second-degree murder charge in Cheshire Superior Court on Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his father with a knife.

The victim is Giandalone’s father, 64-year-old John Giandalone. He was found dead in the family’s Chesterfield home on July 13 at 124 Herrick Rd. An autopsy ruled the cause of death was a deep wound to the neck.

Shortly after, the New Hampshire Attorney General, State Police and Chesterfield Police opened a suspicious death investigation.

Peter Giandalone is also facing a felony theft charge for allegedly taking his fathers red 2012 Subaru Impreza from the home.

Giandalone was taken into custody in South Carolina on Monday on an arrest warrant for the theft charge.

However, other details about the circumstances of Giandalone’s arrest or the murder are still unavailable to the public. The Attorney General granted a protective order over court documents, including the arrest warrants and affidavits.

“We often ask for the affidavits to be sealed because we don’t want to chill investigative efforts and we don’t want to have any improper influences of witnesses,” said Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley after the very brief arraignment on Wednesday.

Hinckley said the investigation into Mr. Giandalone’s death is still a very active one and could not provide any more details.

“These affidavits do eventually become unsealed once the investigation part of the case ends,” he added.

Peter Giandalone is being held without bail. It is unknown when he will appear in court next.

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