BANGOR – The alleged confession of a double murder suspect was thrown out of court on Monday during a suppression hearing and his trial date was set for mid-March.
John De St. Croix, 25, of Bangor is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Desiree York, 36, and Michael Bridges, 43.
Police say the two homeless people died on March 28th after De St. Croix started a fire that burned a delivery van the two were in and could not escape. Bridges’ brother said even with the confession thrown out he is confident in the state’s case against De St. Croix.
“They had cameras back there so as far as I know, he’s going to get what is coming to him,” said Mark Bridges, brother of homicide victim Michael Bridges. “I guess. I hope. I mean I would believe so.”
Defense attorney David Bate of Bangor said he asked the judge to suppress everything his client told investigators after he was read his Miranda Rights because De St. Croix told them he didn’t want to talk to them.
The judge agreed to suppress his confession.
De St. Croix also has been charged with 2 counts of felony murder as well as arson. If convicted of murder, he would face between 25 years to life behind bars. If convicted of felony murder or arson, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
The trial is scheduled to begin on March 25 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.