Dittmeyer suspects set to appear in court today



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ANTHONY PAPILE will be arraigned today on a second degree murder charge in the death of Krista Dittmeyer on April 23 in Third Circuit Court in Ossipee. (Police courtesy photo)
September 01, 2011
OSSIPEE— Two men who have been in jail since their arrests May 11 on charges connected with the death of Krista Dittmeyer are set to have probable cause hearings today, Sept. 1, in Third Circuit Court in Ossipee at 10 a.m.

Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee is being held without bail on a second degree murder charge. Michael Petelis, 28, and a third person, Trevor Ferguson, 23 were also arrested May 11 and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferguson waived his right to a probable cause hearing so it will be Papile and Petelis who are set to appear in court today. Petelis and Ferguson are being held on a cash bail of $250,000.

According to state law, anyone charged with a felony offense that has not yet been indicted by a grand jury is entitled to a probable cause hearing. At the hearing, a circuit court judge decides whether there is sufficient evidence linking the defendant to the alleged crime. The grand jury met Aug. 19 and none of the three men were listed in the indictments handed up.

In the complaint filed by NH Attorney General's Office, Papile and Petelis are accused of luring 20-year-old Portland, Maine mother Krista Dittmeyer to Petelis' apartment on Route 16 in Ossipee. The complaint alleges that Papile hit her on the head with a rubber mallet as she made her way up the stairs to the apartment. Both men are accused of binding her with duct tape and putting her in the trunk of her car. Allegedly Papile drove her car to Cranmore Resort in North Conway and then dumped her in a snowmaking pond. It is a case that has made national news after a passerby at 6:30 a.m. April 23 alerted police to Dittmeyer's car that was found running with its hazard lights on in the parking lot at Cranmore. Police found Dittmeyer's 14-month-old daughter in the backseat unharmed and would search for four days before finding Dittmeyer's body in the snowmaking pond.

Ferguson is accused of giving Papile and Petelis a ride back to Ossipee from Cranmore in exchange for a share of the drugs and money allegedly stolen from Dittmeyer.

Papile is facing a new charge this month, though NH Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said is it unrelated to the Dittmeyer case. In the grand jury indictments of Aug. 19, Papile is accused of felonious sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in December 2010. His arraignment on that charge is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 8:45 a.m. in Third Circuit Court in Ossipee.

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