MAINE’S 23 HOMICIDES in 2006
Compiled by the Maine Dept. of Public Safety Public Information Office
FINAL UPDATE – 2/27/2007
1-19 | WESTBROOK - 42 year old Bonnie Hayes is shot and killed by longtime boyfriend, 50 year old David Pomeroy, who shoots and kills himself. MURDER-SUICIDE – DOMESTIC
1-22 | SOUTHWEST HARBOR - 83 year old Jacqueline Evans died from injuries she sustained inside her home on 1/20. Michelle Mills, 37, was indicted for murder on June 7 and was arrested on June 8.
2-15 | PORTLAND - 28 year old Robert Wagner is shot to death in Portland and his body is found buried in Baldwin on 2/22. A business associate, 28 year old Steven Clark, is charged with murder.
3-7 | BANGOR - 34 year old Trevor Sprague’s body is discovered under the Harlow Street Bridge after it had been set afire. The case is ruled a homicide.
3-19 | NORRIDGEWOCK – 15 year old Joshua Sawyer is shot to death in a cornfield by a friend. Charged with manslaughter is 14 year old Cody Rioux.
4-16 | MILO & CORINTH – 57 year old Joseph Gray is shot to death inside his Milo home and about three hours later, 24 year old William Elliott is shot to death inside his Corinth home. Both men are registered sex offenders and were shot by 20 year old Stephen Marshall of Nova Scotia, who shoots and kills himself on a bus in Boston later that day. DOUBLE HOMICIDE-SUICIDE
6-20 | CARATUNK – 47 year old Amy Bruce is beaten to death in her home. Her son, 25 year old William Bruce is charged with murder. DOMESTIC
6/25 | BANGOR – 57 year old Michael Demmons is beaten to death inside an apartment. Peter Tuller, 33, is charged with murder
7/4 | PORTLAND – 31 year old Brenda Warren is shot and killed by her husband, 35 year old Fred Warren, in the street in front of their home. Warren then shots and kills himself.
8/11 | CANAAN – 37 year old Cheryl Murdoch’s body found in woods near a home she was staying at. A second woman from that same house is also missing – 35 year old Shirley Moon Atwood. On 2/27/07, 37 year old Shannon Roy Atwood is arrested and charged with two counts of murder. DOUBLE HOMICIDE – BOTH DOMESTIC
9/1 to 9/4 | NEWRY & UPTON – Four people shot to death during the weekend at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast in Newry. 50 year old James Whitehurst; 65 year old Julie Bullard; 30 year old Selby Bullard and 43 year old Cynthia Beatson. A man staying at the inn – 31 year old Christian Nielsen is charged with four counts of murder.
9/10 | HARTLAND 44 – year old Linda Spaulding shot and killed at her home by her ex-husband, 45 year old Timothy Spaulding, who shots and kills himself. MURDER-SUICIDE, DOMESTIC
10/4 | PORTLAND – 49 year old Peter Vukelich beaten to death. Charged with manslaughter is 49 year old Larry Sauve.
11/8 | LEWISTON – 65 year old Roland Poirier shot to death at his home. His 34 year old son, Scott Poirier, is charged with murder. DOMESTIC
11/12 | SEARSPORT – 44 year old Charles Nickerson is stabbed to death at his home. His 49 year old brother, Michael Nickerson, is charged with manslaughter. DOMESTIC
11/24 | NORRIDGEWOCK – The body of 18 year old Amy Drake of Skowhegan was found in woods by hunters. She had been missing since September 24.
11/28 | PALMYRA – 13 year old Anthony Tucker shot to death in the front yard of his home. Todd Curry, 40, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother is charged with murder. DOMESTIC
12/7 | PARIS – 18 year old Megan Ripley is shot in woods behind her home. Charged with manslaughter is 51 year old Timothy Bean, who was hunting deer with a muzzleloader at the time.
AS OF 2/27/07 -- TWO CASES REMAIN OPEN.
OF THE 23 HOMICIDES, NINE OF THEM ARE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (39%), WITH THE VICTIMS BEING 3 WIVES, 2 GIRLFRIENDS, 2 PARENTS (1 MAN & 1 FEMALE), 1 CHILD
AND 1 BROTHER.
OF THE 23 HOMICIDES – 13 INVOLVED FIREARMS, 5 OF VICTIMS WERE BEATEN AND ONE WAS STABBED. ##