Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:23

Defense begins their case during day 7 of McLain murder trial Featured

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Defense begins their case during day 7 of McLain murder trial

BANGOR- Judge Ann Murray heard another full day of testimony at day seven of the jury-waived Phillip Scott Fournier murder trial.

The first six and a half days of the trial allowed the prosecution to present their case.

 

Tuesday, their witness testimony focused on Joyce's injuries that led to her death behind Schenck High School in August of 1980.

 

We learned that the young girl died of blunt impact injury to the head.

 

Dr. Margaret Greenwald of the medical examiners office also revealed that Joyce had significant injuries to her neck consistent with asphyxia.

 

Dr. Greenwald showed the courtroom diagrams of Joyce's head injuries, and also spoke about bruising, abrasions, scratching, and swelling to the torso.

 

The prosecution also presented Darryl Perry with the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit.

 

Perry has been working on the case for the last ten years. He spoke about several interviews regarding the case, including at least two dozen with the defendant, Phillip Scott Fournier.

 

In his testimony, Perry told the court room Pam McLain, the victim's mother, met with Fournier at the request of state police in 2009. That conversation was recorded, unbeknownst to Fournier, but no arrests were made until March of 2016. At this time, it is still unclear what led police to arrest him at that time.

 

During the last hour of the day, the defense had the opportunity to begin presenting their case.

 

We heard from a friend of the McLain's, Richard Stanley, who helped with the initial search. He said he was supposed to meet up with Peter Larlee, whose name has been thrown around as an alternate suspect, during the early morning hours of August 9th, 1980, to continue searching for Joyce. He said Larlee never showed up for that search.

 

His sister, Carrie Stanley Porter, also took the stand. She testified she saw Larley walking towards the school carrying a large brown duffel bag early that morning. She said he was not carrying that bag when he returned.

 

The defense will continue to present their case Wednesday morning.

Ashley Paul

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