Putney man arrested; to be charged with manslaughter in Alstead, N.H., homicide

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KEENE, N.H. — A 25-year-old Putney, Vt., man is in custody and is expected to be charged with manslaughter Thursday in the shooting death of Robert Wesley, 57, of 22 March Hill Road, Alstead, on Saturday, Jan. 7.

According to a press release from the New Hampshire State Police, the Alstead Police Department and the Cheshire County Attorney's Office, Cody Yeaw was taken into custody without incident Wednesday in Keene.

He is facing a charge of manslaughter and is currently being held without bail pending his arraignment in the Cheshire Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m..

The New Hampshire State Police, Troop C, responded to March Hill Road at 8:18 p.m. on Jan. 7 in response to a suspicious death report. Wesley was found dead and the State Medical Examiner's Office determined he had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

In addition to the above noted police agencies, the Walpole Police Department provided assistance.

According to an obituary posted by the Fletcher Funeral Home in Keene, Wesley was born in 1959 in Keene, the son of Barbara Wesley (Fredette), who lives in Alstead, and Robert Wesley Sr., who is deceased.

Growing up in Westmoreland, he attended Keene High School and was a graduate with the class of 1977. Wesley received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Keene State College. He had lived in Alstead for the past 30 years.

According to an obituary published in the Reformer, Yeaw's father, Blaine Robert Yeaw, 52, of Putney, died on Oct. 6, 2016. Cody Yeaw graduated from Fall Mountain High School in Langdon in 2010.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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