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Day 2: trial of man charged in 1980 murder

BANGOR - In a Penobscot County Judicial Center courtroom Tuesday, a judge continued hearing testimony in the murder trial of 57-year-old Phillip Fournier.

He's the East Millinocket man charged with killing a 16-year-old girl in 1980.

 

Prosecutors spent the morning mapping Joyce McLain's last known jogging route on August 8th, 1980. Several witnesses testified about where they saw the East Millinocket teen running along the streets of town the night she disappeared. Her body was discovered early the following Sunday, behind Schenck High School.

 

In 1980, the girl's adoptive father, Miichael McLain, had been divorced from her mother for several months, but maintained a relationship with Joyce and her sister, Wenday. Tuesday he testified he last saw his daughter alive a week before she was murdered.

 

Joyce's sister, Wendy McLain, repeatedly testified she doesn't  clearly remember the events from 1980. However, she testified she last saw her sister either playing the piano or a guitar on the afternoon she went missing.

 

Plus, during cross examination defense attorneys repeatedly pointed at alternative suspects. One of those being blamed by Fournier's lawyers has since died.

 

Now, Fournier has chosen to have a lone judge determine whether he's guilty. Fournier was arrested two years ago, after nearly 35 years without an arrest in connection with Joyce McLain's murder.

 

 

TJ Tremble

Reporter
tjtremble@wvii.com

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.