Augusta Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend Makes First Court Appearance

AUGUSTA -The man accused of killing his girlfriend in Augusta last week made his first court appearance on Monday.


Authorities say 38-year-old Justin Pillsbury stabbed 24-year-old Jillian Jones to death in a Crosby street apartment. Pillsbury now facing a sole charge of murder.


"I'm not going to go into anything about the case at the moment." says James Lawley, Pillsbury's Attorney.


According to court documents, it all happened last Wednesday.  Pillsbury reportedly telling a roommate he blacked out after catching his girlfriend on the phone with another man.


"I've been at this for a long time," says Bill Stokes, Deputy Attorney General.  "Unfortunately the numbers are fairly consistent, about 50 percent of our homicides are related to domestic violence."


Police arrested Pillsbury two days after discovering Jones' body, taking pillsbury into custody as he left a local hospital, where he'd been treated for self inflicted stab wounds. Those wounds -- clearly visible in court monday.


The state police affidavit also alleges Pillsbury confessed to the slaying.


"This is obviously very early in a very tragic case.  We'll be investigating this case as this case moves on we'll know more facts," says Lawley.


"It's more frustrating than anything else that, even with the support of the Governor which is very much appreciated by all of the prosecutors, we still have not made a significant dent in the number of cases that are related to domestic violence," says Stokes.


Pillsbury did not enter a plea Monday. His bail hearing is set for this friday at 9 a.m.  If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Andrew Scheinthal

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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).

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