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Man accused of stabbing woman whose body was found in burning home

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Benjamin Carpenter. (Hamden police photo) Benjamin Carpenter. (Hamden police photo)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police arrested a man in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning Hamden home.

Benjamin Carpenter, 26, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police said they found 45-year-old Jennifer Antonier's body after responding to a call about a fire on Dec. 26.

Around 1:20 a.m., both the police and fire departments responded to the scene on Lilac Avenue.

Antonier was found dead on arrival and transported to the chief medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Officials there determined her death was a homicide.

Police said Carpenter allegedly stabbed Antonier to death, set her house on fire and then abandoned her charred Subaru in New Haven.

Investigators eventually developed Carpenter as a suspect and an arrest warrant was granted. They said they pieced it together by using a cell phone tower near the home, and found Antonier's phone in a nearby storm drain.

Then, they collected calls and texts between Antonier and Carpenter, who lives a few blocks away.

Police did not say how the two knew each other.

Carpenter was arrested in New Haven and charged with murder, first-degree arson, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

He was held on a court-ordered $1 million bond.

Carpenter faced judge in Meriden on Thursday.

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