The East Millinocket man is charged with murder in connection with the 1980 death of a 16-year-old girl.
On August 8, 1980, Joyce McLain disappeared. Her body was found on Sunday morning, August 10, 1980. Numerous Maine State Police detectives investigated the teen's murder for more than 35 years.
In March 2016, Fournier, 57, was charged with her murder. According to testimony in the two-and-half week trial held earlier this month, Fournier had been on the detectives' radar nearly from the outset of the investigation..
In fact, in April, 1981, Fournier admitted to his minister he killed the East Millinocket teen. The minister took him to Bangor to meet with state police. He testified he feared for Fournier's safety if he had delivered him the East Millinocket Police
Department. However, after Fournier confessed to state police detectives he told his minister the cops didn't believe his story. During the trial, state prosecutors maintained Fournier gave inconsistent statements to police because he was just
playing them.The defense team, however, contended Fournier suffered a traumatic brain injury, causing him to adopt memories. They told the judge he created the memories from rumors he heard around town.
Thursday morning, Penobscot County Superior Court Judge Ann Murray is scheduled to announce her verdict the murder trial.