Arrest warrant issued in double homicide in Woodbury in 2018

November 24, 2021 GMT

WOODBURY, Vt. (AP) — A suspect has been identified in connection with the homicides of two people in Woodbury in 2018, Vermont State Police said.

A judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Manuel Gomez, 32, of Hartford, Connecticut, on charges of aggravated murder and first-degree arson in connection with the deaths of Carol Fradette, 29, and David Thompson, 48, at their homes in Woodbury, police said.

Gomez is currently in custody in Otisville, New York, on an unrelated federal conviction for illegal possession of a firearm, police said. He is expected to be arrested on the Vermont charges next week, police said. His arraignment in Vermont has not yet been scheduled and it’s unknown if is being represented by an attorney.

The investigation started after Fradette, Thompson, and their three dogs were shot and killed, and their residences burned on Oct. 30, 2018, police said. Gomez was selling large quantities of heroin to Thompson, who may have owed Gomez more than $20,000, investigators said.

Gomez has denied knowledge of or involvement in the deaths, police said.