BANGOR - It was over a year ago that a Bangor man was stabbed to death in a fight on first street. Come this Monday,the transient charged with manslaughter was in court for the first day of his trial.
May 22, 2012, Bangor police respond to 71 First Street. There, police found 1 male subject with a knife wound. Taken to EMMC where he was pronounced dead.
The deceased, 38-year-old Andy Smith of Bangor. Fast forward to today,and 42 year old Jason Trickett now stands trial for manslaughter.
A superior court judge heard opening arguments, Monday -- then prosecutors put 29 year old Sarah Denbow of Bangor took the stand.
Denbow testified Smith was intoxicated, and violent, getting into fist fights with at least 2 individuals that night.
It was amid one of those scuffles that Trickett's knife went into smith.
Trickett's attorneys argue it was self defense, but prosecutors say Trickett never claimed self-defense when speaking to police -- but rather an accident.
Trickett remains at the Penobscot County Jail on 50-thousand dollars bail.
Testimony is expected to last 3 days. This is a bench trial -- meaning no jury.
If convicted of manslaughter, Trickett faces up to 30 years behind bars.
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!