SKOWHEGAN – After hearing that her husband was possibly cheating on her, homicide victim Valerie Tieman reportedly tried to call him repeatedly, but he didn’t answer his cell phone.
That was until late on Aug. 24, 2016, the date investigators believe she was killed, according to testimony from day four of the Luc Tieman murder trial.
After 31 unanswered calls, Valerie Tieman finally got in touch with her husband, Luc Tieman, late on that fateful day, according to Sgt. Kyle Willette of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.
On average, Valerie Tieman called her husband every nine minutes and 40 seconds on the day detectives believe she died, Willette testified in Somerset County Superior Court.
She reached her husband at 10:22 p.m. while he was in Waterville, and while they spoke for just over 13 minutes, he drove towards her location in Fairfield, according to data collected from cell phone towers in the area that Willette collected.
That was the last phone call that Valerie Tieman ever made from her cell phone, the sergeant testified.
Her body was found with two gunshot wounds to the head in a shallow grave locate behind Luc Tieman’s parent’s home on the Norridgewock Road in Fairfield about a month later.
Earlier on Thursday, the state added video evidence of Luc Tiemen from July 2016 that showed him driving a truck with a blanket in the background. It’s the blanket that was entered in as evidence.
When testimony about what was posted on Facebook arose on Thursday, defense attorney Stephen Smith informed the court that “frankly against my advice” his client was OK with the state providing all the Facebook evidence to the jury.
State prosecutors claim Tieman shot his 34-year-old wife, but the accused told investigators that she died of a heroin overdose.
If Luc Tieman is convicted of murder, he faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.