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.