Man Charged with Murder of Ex-Fiance

A booking photo of Brian Chevalier of New Hampshire who has been arrested in Imperial County California on parole violations. Courtesy of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Dept.

Prosecutors say an ex-fiancé of a North Andover woman who was found dead in her basement last weekend has been charged with her murder.

An arrest warrant was obtained by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office for the arrest of Brian Chevalier, 51, of Merrimack, N.H., in association with the murder of Wendi Rose Davidson, 49.

According to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Chevalier is required to appear on Monday on a fugitive-from-justice charge in Imperial County Supreme Court in California, where he also is being held on charges of violating his parole in a New Hampshire kidnapping case, and a larceny charge connected to the murder.

It was yet to be known yesterday if he would waive rendition and when he would be returned to Massachusetts and New Hampshire to face those charges.

Brian Davidson who is the victim’s brother said her funeral was yesterday, and he refused to comment on the murder charge.

A neighbor found Davidson dead soon after noon on Saturday in the basement of the two-family Lincoln Street home where she lived. She “appeared to have been strangled,” Kimball Monahan said, and her vehicle was found a short distance away at a fitness center.

Authorities said they did not believe she was a random target.

The victim had been engaged to Chevalier, Kimball Monahan said, but they recently had broken off their engagement.

According to court records, Chevalier has a two and a half page rap sheet consisting of 32 cases beginning in 1985 in New Hampshire.

Also, according to police and court records, in February 2004, Chevalier was arraigned on 11 counts charging him with holding hostage a girlfriend who had tried to break off their relationship, tying her to a bed, more than once sexually assaulting her throughout 21 hours and, at a certain point, strangling her until she passed out.

The victim alleged that Chevalier at first was going to kill her and dispose of her body in the chest freezer in the basement of her home and forced her at one point to book him a flight to San Diego on her computer.

However, at his trial in October 2004, he was acquitted of all of the charges except kidnapping. He was paroled on work release last year.

According to court records, at the time of his arraignment, Chevalier was also on parole after serving eight years in prison.

His record includes assault, burglary, and escape.

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