57-year-old Phillip Scott Fournier is charged with murdering 16-year-old Joyce McLain in August 1980.
Defense attorneys for Fournier rested their case Friday morning. The prosecution rested its case Tuesday.
Now the attorneys return to the courthouse Monday morning at nine o'clock where they'll present their closing arguments to Penobscot County Superior Court Judge Ann Murray.
There's no direct evidence tying Fournier to the murder, other than numerous confessions. And his lawyers say those confessions are tainted by Fournier's impaired memory. The memory damage was a result of a traumatic brain injury he
suffered the day after McLain went missing. As far as the state's case against Fournier, his attorney, Jeff Silverstein said, it doesn't make sense.
"One of the things they typically do is endeavor to present a case where all of the different components fit together and interlock. And here things don't fit together," Silverstein said during a brief interview Friday morning.
The prosecutor declined to comment on the trial Friday.
During the ten days of testimony, no murder weapon was identified. No eyewitnesses testified.
"So we think this coudn't have gone any better for the defense," said Silverstein.
It appeared as though the efficiency of police investigative methods from the early 1980s has also been on trial in this case. Record keeping, evidence handling, and interview techniques have been questioned by the defense throughout the trial.
After nearly 38 years, members of the victims family are hoping the outcome of this trial closes the book on this chapter of their lives.