Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:21

Millinocket murder suspect sees court Featured

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BANGOR - Tuesday was the beginning of a long process in Penobscot County court as police, attorneys, and a family search for answers to a brutal murder.

Christopher Murray, 38, walked into the courtroom in chains for the first time to answer for the December 19th shooting of Wayne and Diem Lappierre.


Wayne died after a week of fighting his injuries, and after fleeing back to North Carolina, police from both states brought Murray into custody.


The initial hearing was a speedy one, as no plea was entered and Murray will be fully arraigned in mid-March. His defense attorney says a not-guilty plea should be expected.


"We are looking forward to defending him," attorney David Bate said. "It's apparently a case where they got the wrong guy, and we're looking forward to the defense."


If Murray is the wrong guy, that would likely make Tony Locklear, 43, the right guy.


Police say he too was in the home for the murder, and they're trying to track him down in North Carolina.


"Both the state of Maine authorities and North Carolina authorities work well, and they are assisting us in looking for Mr. Locklear," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese said.


 And while the search continues for Locklear, the process is just beginning for the state as it builds a case against Murray.

David Guildford

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

David joined the news team in March of 2017. First and foremost he is a proud Mainer. Before reporting for ABC7 and FOX22, he interned at WLBZ2 in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine's journalism program.

David was raised in the western Maine foothills, and has been a lifelong viewer of local Maine news. He hopes to bring this perspective to telling the stories of folks in the community.

When not on the job, David enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the family camp on Branch Lake, and playing slow-pitch softball with the other Bangor gym class heroes.