Charges elevated to second-degree murder in Rochester woman's shooting death

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Haydee Rivera-Nadeau (Strafford County Jail photo)

ROCHESTER - As expected following the death of her former lover, a Somersworth woman has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the May 1 shooting of Lisa Rocheleau of Rochester.

On Friday an autopsy was completed on the body of Rocheleau, 50, who died at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Thursday.

The autopsy was conducted by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Mitchell Weinberg, who determined that Rocheleau's cause of death was a wound to the head and her manner of death was homicide.

A Rochester Police affidavit noted that Rocheleau's head wound appeared to have been due to a gunshot from a small caliber handgun.
Haydee Rivera-Nadeau, 65, of 212 Old Dover Road, Somersworth, was originally charged with attempted murder and arraigned on those charges last week.

The affidavit states that Rocheleau had recently broken up with Rivera-Nadeau and was seeing someone new, which may have prompted the visit by Rivera-Nadeau to Action Title Services in the Winter Street Professional Arts Building in Rochester, where Rocheleau ran the business.

On May 3, Rivera-Nadeau was apprehended in Charlotte, N.C., in connection with a then pending charge of Attempted Murder. She was subsequently extradited to New Hampshire and arraigned. Rivera-Nadeau is currently being held on no bail at the Strafford County Jail.

The announcement of the upgraded charges came in a statement from the state's Attorney Generals Office on Tuesday.

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