Detroit Murder Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

SKOWHEGAN - The Palmyra man accused of beating a Detroit man to death last Thursday appeared before a Somerset County judge today for the very first time. Court documents are now unsealed and providing more details in the case.


22 year-old Jason cote hearing the formal murder charge against him in a Skowhegan courtroom.
his alleged victim: 47 year-old Ricky Cole.


A state police affidavit is now disclosing what led detectives to arrest Jason Cote.


According to the affidavit, Cote told a friend he struck Cole with a pipe in Cole's Detroit trailer.


An autopsy revealed Cole sustained a fractured skull, internal injuries, and died of blunt force trauma.
Cote reportedly told detectives he saw Cole the day before, but denied killing him.


David Lafleur, a friend of Cote's, told investigators he dropped him off at Cole's to get xanax -- Cote having snorted some earlier.

Investigators later recovered bloody clothes said to contain DNA from both Cote and Cole.


Cote now being held without bail. A future bail hearing has not been scheduled.



Lindsey Mills


Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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