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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:52

Man charged with murdering roommate

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH - Maine State Police arrested an Old Orchard Beach man and charged him with murdering his roommate.

Old Orchard Beach police found the body of 65-year-old William Popplewell Monday night inside the apartment he was renting on Boisvert Street. The state medical examiner's office determined Popplewell died from stabbing and blunt force trauma.


On Tuesday, state police arrested Popplewell's roommate, 40-year-old Dustan Bentley


 A state police Major Crimes Unit lieutenant said Bentley's mother called Old Orchard Beach police from her home in North Carolina and reported what happened. Investigators from the state police crime lab spent the day inside the apartment gathering evidence.


Police said the two roommates had not been living together long.


"Both male subjects had been living there for approximately two months. They had known each other previously from residing at the Oxford Street Shelter," Maine State Po.lice Lt. Mark Holmquist said.


Bentley was taken to York County Jail. He was expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.