Monday, 22 January 2018 18:39

Trial begins in 1980 murder

BANGOR - The murder trial of an East Millinocket man accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl started Monday.

The murder happened more than 37 years ago, but was 2016 before anyone was charged with the crime.

"See you later, mom." Those were the last words Pam Mclain heard from her daughter, Joyce on August 8th, 1980. Pam Mclain was the first person to testify in the murder trial of 57-year-old Phillip Scott Fournier  She told a judge Monday

morning, the last time she saw Joyce, her daughter was jogging away from the house.

Joyce Mclain's body was found less than 48 hours later, on a path behind Schenck high school.

"The only evidence the state has to connect Scott to the killing are Scott's own statements," said John Haddow, a member of Fournier's defense team.

The defense contended not only has the state had numerous prime suspects during the past four decades, but Fournier suffered a head injury that may have contributed to so-called adopted memories, leading to his confessions of the murder.

"He was in tears, he said, 'Momma, I'm sorry.' Sorry for what. 'I did it. I killed Joyce Mclain. I didn't mean to Momma.," said Leanne Robbin, an assistant attorney general. She said Fournier made that statement to his mother and step-father, after confessing to his minister in May 1981.

The defense also questioned the professionalism of the police investigation.

"The police were an indirect source of rumors," Haddow told Penobscot County Superior Court Judge Ann Murray. .

In fact, the prosecutor admitted the police were less than top-notch in their techniques.

"Unlike today's investigative practices, in the early eighties it was not routine to audio-record witness interviews. So we can't go back to the audio tape. Even worse, the investigators present at that interview never bothered to write a report of

that interview," Robbin said Monday morning in her opening statement.

Despite the crime taking place nearly 40 years ago, it's wounds are still fresh in the hearts of Joyce Mclain's friends.

"And we lived in a town where you could go anywhere at anytime and feel safe, until this," said Michele Moran, who was a friend of Mclain's since they were three years old..

Friends say they want this trial to bring closure to Pam Mclain and her family.

"I remember Pam saying, she was not going to go to her grave until this happened," said long-time family friend Arline Nelson.

.Monday, afternoon, the judge and lawyers for both sides traveled to East Millinocket to view the site where this murder allegedly took place.

Ultimately, Fournier's fate will be decided by Murray. It's up to her whether he's innocent or guilty.

The trial is expected to last as long as  three weeks, with as many as witnesses testifying.

SURRY/CARMEL - It was a busy start of the week for fire crews across the region.

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Volunteering at the AFC Championship

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Glenburn ice rink open once again

GLENBURN - After a couple years' hiatus an ice skating rink in Glenburn has re-opened.

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Single-story home catches fire in Carmel

CARMEL - The Maine State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a house fire that happened in Carmel Monday morning.

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Woman dies in Surry fire

SURRY - A woman has died following a house fire in Surry Sunday night.

SKOWHEGAN - A one vehicle accident in Skowhegan sent three to the hospital and left one person dead.

NORTHPORT - Two people are facing charges following a crash in Northport.

BANGOR - The W-2's have been handed out and scammers want to steal your refund. There are also dangers associated with who does your taxes.

BAILEYVILLE - "Ice Fishing Day" is returning to Baileyville in February.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Maine's junior senator, Independent Angus King released a statement after the government shutdown.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Maine's senior senator, Republican Susan Collins is joining the government shutdown conversation.

BANGOR - The trial of a man accused of murdering an East Millinocket teen decades ago is set to begin Monday in Bangor.

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