Accused murderer Dwight Osgood Jr. of Clifton had his first court appearance Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
He didn't say a word, but his attorney told the judge it would be OK if he was held without bail, pending his trial.
“We have informed our client that any bail you might set after a Harnish hearing would probably be large so we would ask the court to leave open our ability to request a Harnish hearing, but for right now we waive that requirement,” said Jeffrey Toothaker, who is representing Osgood.
A Harnish hearing is a bail hearing.
Known locally as Jay Osgood, he's charged in the death of his longtime girlfriend, Kary Dill, 35, who was found shot to death on Monday in the home they shared.
Dill worked at the Clifton General store, located next door to their home on Airline Road, also known as Route 9. Her co-workers and friends said they knew there was trouble.
“He's always been abusive,” said Marie Giorgi, a friend and former co-worker of Dill.
“She was the one to help everybody who needed the help,” Giorgi added later. “Apparently, we weren't there to help her.”
Sandra Reed trained Dill when she started working at the local store after she moved to the area from The County.
“To Kary, I would say, 'I'm so sorry' because you don't know what she went through that night,” Reed said. “What did she go through? Was she fighting for her life?”
Reed worries that she'll never know the truth.
“He's a monster,” she added. “He's a [expletive] monster.”
The community of around a thousand residents is reeling.
“It's not fair for anybody, especially Kary,” Reed said. “She was this tiny little...
“Ball of sunshine,” Giorgi piped in, causing both women to smile knowing smiles.
“Yea. Every time I came into the store she was like, 'Hey lady.' That was her famous thing,” Reed said. “We're not going to hear that any more. It's hard for the whole community because everybody knew Kary.”
The judge ordered Osgood held without bail.
“I've reviewed the affidavit and I do find there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the offense,” Justice William Anderson said.
At the request of state prosecutors, the affidavit was sealed so no details about what investigators believed happened the night Dill was killed are being released at this time.