Tuesday, 22 January 2019 18:13

Time served for testimony at Millinocket murder trial Featured

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BANGOR - Alexis Locklear, one of three people charged with murder in the death of Millinocket businessman Wayne Lapierre was in court on Tuesday to plead guilty to her role in his death.

“Alexis pleads guilty today to one count of robbery,” said Hunter Tzovarras, her attorney. “We continued sentencing and anticipate that she'll get credit for time served after she testifies at Christopher Murray's trial.


The murder trial for Murray, who was Locklear's boyfriend at the time of the deadly home invasion, starts Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.


The felony murder charge against Alexis Locklear was dropped as part of the plea agreement with the state.


“I admit I did wrong,” Locklear told Superior Court Justice William Anderson. “I just want all of this behind me.”


Earlier this month, her father, Tony Locklear, entered guilty pleas to murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery for his role in the Dec. 19, 2017 break-in and double shooting. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese told the court that Locklear stayed by the door, and didn't learn of the death until she returned to her home in North Carolina.


The plea agreement is for time served if Locklear testifies truthfully. She's been behind bars for about a year awaiting trial.


“It's all dependent of her telling the truth at trial,” Tzovarras said. “As long as she does that – she'll go home in the end.”


“Alexis' decision to testify is useful in the case against Christopher Murray,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese, said outside of the courthouse. “The state is confident in its case against him, though.”


Officers found Wayne Lapierre in the basement, with his hands in handcuffs behind his back and mortal gunshot wounds to his head.


His wife was also shot twice in the head but survived.


Both were taken to an area hospital and he died several days later at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...