Prosecutors: Britany Barron capable of using a gun | Local News
LANCASTER – Prosecutors in the Jonathan Amerault murder case told court they plan to present evidence that the woman accused of cutting off Amerault’s head, Britany Barron, was able to use gun.
Britany Barron, 31, says she acted under duress because she was afraid of her husband, Armando Barron, when she beheaded Amerault and destroyed other evidence.
Armando Barron, 30, is charged with capital murder for allegedly torturing and then shooting Amerault, 25, from Keene after Armando found out about his wife and Amerault’s romantic relationship.
Armando is also accused of beating Britany, of suffocating her and of putting a loaded gun in her mouth, on the night of September 19, 2020, when he discovered texting between her and Amerault.
Prosecutors Benjamin Agati and Scott Chase, both of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, have filed a notice with Coos Superior Court stating that they will provide evidence at trial that Britany Barron was capable of using a weapon at fire. Court records show Britany Barron gained access to a gun shortly after Amerault was shot.
“Britany Barron knew how guns worked and knew the carrying and / or operation of guns belonging to herself and Armando Barron,” prosecutors wrote in their notice.
After discovering the text messages on his wife’s phone and brutally beating Brittany, Armando Barron then used his phone to lure Amerault to a state park in Rindge, where the murder took place, court records show. Armando Barron would have tried unsuccessfully to convince his wife to kill him, according to court records.
Armando Barron shot Amerault three times, then the Barrons drove to their home in Jaffrey and packed camping supplies before heading to a remote campsite in Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant in Coos County, according to the police.
“As we loaded the camping gear into the car, (Britany Barron) heard Jonathan moan in the back of his car. According to the accused, “He was just going to say ‘Ugh, Ugh, Ugh’ over and over again,” Agati wrote.
When packing to Jaffrey and while Amerault would still be alive, per Agati’s motion, Britany Barron was armed. Armando Barron put the weapon he had used to kill Amerault in her backpack and by the time she got back into the car the noises stopped, she told investigators.
Armando Barron drove his truck while Britany Barron drove Amerault’s car. At the campsite, Britany Barron sawed Amerault’s head off her body, destroyed cell phones and burned Amerault’s identifications, according to court records. She also buried her head and body in separate locations and hid the car under a tarp, court records show.
Britany Barron’s attorney, Richard Guerriero, said his client fell victim the night of the murder with Amerault.
“Brittany knew enough about guns and was a person strong enough to refuse to shoot Jonathan Amerault, even after Armando put a gun in his mouth and threatened his life,” Guerriero said.
“And she knew enough about guns that Armando beat her, threatened her with a gun and shot and killed Jonathan in front of her – Armando would surely shoot her and kill her too if she didn’t help him.” trying to hide Jonathan’s body. So, yes, she had experiences that gave her some knowledge of firearms.
Britany Barron is due to be brought to justice later this month in Coos Superior Court. She was charged with three counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of misuse of a corpse.
Armando Barron is expected to be arraigned in the Cheshire Superior Court, although a date has yet to be set. The two Barrons are being held without bail.