Friday, 26 January 2018 16:29

Witness: police didn't believe Fournier's confession Featured

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BANGOR - Friday was day five of the Phillip Scott Fournier murder trial.

He's the 57-year-old East Millinocket man charged in connection with the 1980 murder of a 16-year-old girl. Friday morning, an 88-year-old retired minister testified Scott Fournier admitted killing Joyce McLain.

FournIer, according to Vinal Thomas, made the admission in the early morning hours of April 12th, 1981. But, the pastor said he called Fournier a liar. He said would only believe Fournier if he repeated the confession in front of Fournier's mother.

When his mother arrived at the East Millinocket parsonage, the minister told the judge, Fourner said, "Momma, I murdered Joyce McLain."

Fournier was taken to the Bangor Police Department to repeat his confession because the minister was afraid of a violent backlash if he took Fournier to the East Millinocket Police Department.

Fournier met with state police detectives in Bangor for nearly two hours that day. When he left the Bangor Police Department, Fournier told the minister, the police did not believe his confession.

Friday afternoon, Bangor resident John Deroche testified he worked with Fournier at then-Husson College in 1989. And,Deroche said within moments of meeting Fournier, the man admitted to murdering Joyce McLain. Deroche first met with police after Fournier was arrested in 2016.

Deroche said Fournier told him he wasn't arrested because he beat the police interviews more than 20 times.

Testimony is expected to resume Monday in the Penobscot  County Judicial Center.

 

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.