Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:59

Girlfriend of Millinocket murder suspect on stand Featured

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BANGOR - The girlfriend of the North Carolina man accused of killing a Millinocket businessman spent Wednesday morning at the Penobscot Judicial Center testifying for the prosecution.

The third day of the trial for accused murderer Christopher Murray began with a 46-minute long video of his girlfriend's interview with prosecutors.


Investigators say the armed home invasion and robbery that left Wayne LaPierre dead involved Murray, his girlfriend, Alexis Locklear, and her father, Tony Locklear, who at one time worked for the LaPierres.


“We're trying to show what really happened here,” said Jeffrey Toothaker, who is representing Murray along with David Bate. “That our client didn't go there with any intent to do any of the things he's accused of. That there was a more sinister, driving force behind everything -- as you saw from the guy's own daughter.”


Diem and Wayne LaPierre were each shot twice in the head in their basement bedroom on Dec. 19, 2017. He died a couple of days later. She survived and testified Tuesday through a Vietnamese interpreter that Murray shot her in the head. She now has a fake left eye and lives with the bullets still in her head.


The defense questioned her recollection of the events.


Alexis Locklear testified Tuesday that she heard her father tell the LaPierres he was going to shoot them “because they were greedy.” And later, her dad told her he "shot them in the head and left them for dead."


“She was asked to testify yesterday and she was under cross-examination this morning about really the lead up to the events that happened at the LaPierres' home,” said Logan Perkins, attorney for Alexis Locklear. “She is the only first-hand witness other than Mr. Murray and her father who really was there for all of this. Although she wasn't in the basement so she's not able to say what happened ultimately.”


She also testified that she was afraid her father would kill her if she called the police and that she initially lied to investigators.


Murray, 39, is charged with murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery. Tony Locklear pleaded guilty to the same three charges earlier this month and is charged in another murder in North Carolina that happened about two weeks before the Maine shooting.


Alexis Locklear, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery last week and has a plea agreement to testify for the state in exchange for "time served" or the last year she's been behind bars.


The trial is expected to end Thursday or Friday. Murray's defense team says don't expect to see the defendant take the stand.

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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, ...