AUGUSTA - It is the state's oldest unsolved homicide case to result in charges. And today, the man accused of murdering an Augusta woman in June of 1976, plead not guilty.
Wearing headphones to help him hear, a frail 64-year old Gary Raub plead not guilty to fatally stabbing 70-year old Blanche Kimball in her Augusta home, nearly 4 decades ago.
He is charged with first degree criminal homicide, the term used in 1976 state law, for knowingly inflicting great physical suffering.
According to court documents, in July of last year, detectives were able to match DNA from the crime scene to Raub when an undercover detective in Seattle convinced him to participate in a gum chewing survey.
Three months later, he was arrested, and transferred back to Maine.
Today, Justice Michaela Murphy told Raub that if convicted, he faces life behind bars.
As court adjourned, Raub fell to the floor as a deputy helped to remove his headphones, showing his feeble state.
He is now being held without bail at Kennebec County Jail. Justice John Nivison will set Raub's next court date.