Following moving remarks from Maureen’s relatives, Argie, 49, announced that he intended to appeal the guilty verdict, citing several errors in his trial.
He testified that he found his 41-year-old wife dead in their Londonderry home on April 4, 2019. Jurors, however, quickly agreed that he was guilty of first degree murder and forgery. evidence.
Prosecutors attributed Argie’s motive to his wife’s $ 400,000 life insurance policy, impending divorce and worsening financial problems. Their case also involved attempted murder for hire or reward.
A man Argie played with, James Timbas, confirmed the theory when he contacted the police after learning of Maureen’s death.
According to Timbas, Argie would complain about his wife and their relationship when he was playing, as well as how he “hated her and wanted to get rid of her”.
He claims that several weeks before Maureen was found dead, Argie offered him a share of his wife’s insurance policy if he helped kill her.
When Timbas said he refused, he was offered a lesser amount of money to find a “hitman” to carry out the murder, which Timbas said he also refused.
Argie spent 911 days in jail before his trial. Several delays have been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The eventual conviction ended when Judge Marguerite Wageling offered her condolences to Maureen’s family and a message to Argie.
“The evidence against you in this case was overwhelming, as evidenced by the swift verdict that was delivered in this case. Your selfish, narcissistic and perhaps addictive behavior has led to the devastation of your family,” a- she declared.
“Not just your mother or your sisters or the Gaudets, but especially two young children. The ripple effect will last a lifetime. Anytime someone brings up family in front of your children, they will relive that pain.”
The two Argie children, a boy and a girl, are in elementary school. Family members said in court that they had come together to lend their support.
âMy heart breaks for Ella and Gavin, who went to school that day, happy little kids,â said Maureen’s aunt Kathleen Arenburg. “By the end of their school day, their life had changed forever.”
Erin Gaudet thanks Maureen, her sister-in-law, for her invaluable advice and guidance, both at home and professionally as a social worker.
“Everyone who attended this trial may have heard kind words about Moe, however, that would not do justice to her strength and the love that she emanated from her for her children,” she said. declared.
She watches her husband, Matt Gaudet, go to the cemetery every weekend to visit his sister.
Their mother, Anne Gaudet, read aloud in court a letter she wrote to Maureen following her murder.
“I miss the opportunity to exchange new recipes, come up with ideas on mundane household chores, share book titles, recommend TV shows to watch, suggest experiences to research and explore,” she declared.
“I hate that you lacked as many premieres and rights of way as it was up to you to experience, as a mother.”
In one of their last conversations, Anne told her daughter that she was strong and that she would go through this difficult time of separation and divorce.
She tried to save her favorite memories, the ones that define Maureen, with a photo album. Her favorite photo, she said, is of Maureen standing on top of a roof, wearing a tool belt while working for Habitat of Humanity.
She repaired trails in the Appalachians, prepared taxes for seniors and low-income communities, organized clothing drives, painted schools and churches, replanted dunes in the Outer Banks.
Matt Gaudet stressed that his niece and nephew “will be loved and loved and loved, except by the one person who loved them more than anything, their one and only mother, Maureen”.