Dimick indicted on 1st- and 2nd-degree murder charges for Sept. shooting death

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CONCORD, NH — Paul Dimick, 27, of Manchester, has been indicted on four counts — first-degree murder, second-degree murder, violating the armed career criminals statute, and falsifying physical evidence  — in connection with the Sept. 7 shooting death of Justin Lee on Hanover Street.

On December 21, 2018, Dimick was indicted by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury (Northern District) on one count of first-degree murder for “purposely causing the death of Justin Lee,” and one alternative count of second-degree murder for “recklessly causing the death of Justin Lee under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”


The charges stem from an incident that unfolded Sept. 7 at about 11 a.m. Manchester Police Officers discovered Justin Lee suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of Hanover and Lincoln Street. Lee was transported to Elliott Hospital where he later died. An autopsy determined that Lee died of a single gunshot wound to the chest with the manner of death a homicide. Police locked down the immediate neighborhood and surrounded a home in which they believed Dimick to be holed up. Central High School was also locked down and students were eventually shuttled to Hillside Middle School. Police eventually discovered that the house they had surrounded was unoccupied. Dimick remained at large for five days.

Manchester Police received a tip on Sept. 12 that Dimick was in the area of East High and Malvern streets. Dimick was seen exiting a house on East High Street and was taken into custody following a brief foot chase with police.

Each of these counts alleges that Dimick shot Justin Lee, killing him. Dimick was also indicted on one count of the armed career criminal statute for having in his possession or under his control a firearm after having been convicted of three or more proscribed felonies and for falsifying physical evidence by altering, destroying, concealing, or removing the gun that he used to shoot Justin Lee.

Each indictment contains a sentencing enhancement because at the time he committed each crime, Dimick had been released on bail. Dimick continues to be held without bail. Arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 10 in the Hillsborough County Superior Court (Northern District) at 9 a.m.

The charges and allegations in each indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty