HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hamden Police have arrested and charged 26-year-old Benjamin Carpenter of Hamden in the death of 45-year-old Jennifer Antonier.
Antonier was found dead in her burning home on Lilac Avenue back on December 26th. According to court documents, her body was found in a second floor hallway with cuts to her neck and other injuries that indicated she was killed before the fire started. An autopsy concluded that her death was a homicide.
Investigators found Antonier’s cell phone more than a mile from her home, and say the last call made from it was to Carpenter. Police first questioned Carpenter about Antonier’s death back on December 28th. At that time, Carpenter told detectives he had visited Antonier on Christmas Day with the intent to sell and do drugs.
After an extensive investigation, police obtained a warrant for Carpenter’s arrest. He was taken into custody on Wednesday, February 10th with the assistance of several U.S Marshal Task Force members.
Carpenter has been charged with Murder, Arson in the 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence and Conspiracy. He is being held on a $1 million bond and appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday.