A jealous husband forced his wife to decapitate her lover after he shot his rival in the head.
The dismembered body of Jonathan Amerault was discovered at a remote campsite in northern New Hampshire, several days after he was reported missing.
Police say that Armando Barron forced wife Britany Barron to cut the victim’s wrists while he was still alive and behead him after he was dead.
Barron, 30, forced his 31-year-old wife to cut off the head so that Mr Amerault could not be identified by dental records, according to reports.
Mr Amerault’s head was found in a separate grave covered by gravel.
The discovery of his remains took place after New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers received reports of an illegal campsite in a hunting area.
When they found Britany Baron and told her she was trespassing she reportedly told them: “I am in big trouble.”
Officers found Mr Amerault’s body wrapped in a tarp and disposed off in a stream and arrested Britany Baron and later her husband.
Armando Barron, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, was charged with Amerault’s murder and Britany Barron was charged with decapitation and concealing the body, according to the Keene Sentinel.
They both appeared at an arraignment hearing in Cheshire County to plead not guilty and they were remanded without bail.
Britany Baron’s lawyer reportedly said that his client had been badly beaten by her husband and only participated because she feared for her life.
Prosecutors say that she was charged despite her cooperation, which they say only came after she was caught.