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Hansley murder trial in hands of jury Featured

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BANGOR - Early Wednesday evening, after just three hours, jurors in the Robert Hansley murder trial called it a day. 

They'll  return to the Penobscot Judicial Center Thursday morning to continue deliberations.

They'll decide whether they believe the 29-year-old Hansley is guilty of murdering one man and seriously wounding a second in 2015.

it was in the early morning hours of black friday two years ago when 38-year-old robert kennedy was shot to death and 42-year-old barry jenkins was seriously wounded.

prosecutors say hansley and 39-year-old thomas ferguson burst into a center street apartment. A brief argument followed.

"And Robert Hansley immediately started shooting Robert Kennedy," Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis told jurors during the state's closing argument Wednesday morning.

The state doesn't have to provide a motive but Ellis believes a falling out among drug dealers sparked the shooting.

He said, "We know that there was bad blood when he referred to (Kennedy) as a snitch and a rat."

Ellis told jurors they were being shown the seamy underside of drug dealing in Bangor.

Hansley's attorney, however, told jurors the state was putting its case in the unreliable hands of Jenkins.

"And remember it was Barry Jenkins who told Officer Darnell, it was Tom Ferguson who shot me," said Hunter Tzovarras, Hansley's attorney.

Part of Tzovarras' closing argument echoed his opening statement when he told jurors, Hansley was just in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person.

"There's no evidence that Mr. Hansley was the enforcer," Tzovarras said, referring to accusations made by one of Hansley's cell mates that Hansley was a hit man..

Ultimately, the jurors must decide whether they believe prosecutors who say Hansley was the trigger man or the defense which says he was just an innocent bystander.


TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.