Grand jury hears testimony in Burns murder case
November 19, 2009
OSSIPEE — New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin made an appearance in the Superior Court for Southern Carroll County in Ossipee before the grand jury on Nov. 13 to question Jamie Vittum of Wolfeboro, in connection with the investigation of the May 10 murder of Stacey Burns.
For those anxiously awaiting an arrest of the murderer, there is no news yet on that front, but the court action is a sign that work is in progress. When questioned on the court appearance, Strelzin maintained silence on specifics of the case – as he has all along – but did say that his office and the NH State Police Major Crimes Unit, along with the Wolfeboro Police Department "continue to work hard" on the investigation.
A witness subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury in an investigative matter is sworn to tell the truth or risk perjury charges if that testimony is shown to be false in a subsequent jury trial.
Last June, Vittum testified on behalf of her ex-husband, Jim Vittum, when a restraining order against him was sought by Stacey Burns' ex-husband Ed Burns for stalking. The court denied Burns' petition. Jim Vittum has stated publicly that he was a friend of Stacey Burns and her boyfriend for about a year until a month before her death.
Strelzin has not named any suspects and continues to refrain from offering a timeline for resolution of the case.