ELLSWORTH – The state has rested its case in the murder trial of a Bar Harbor man accused of killing and raping his teen-aged friend.
Maine State Police Det. Tom Pickering said he had no doubt that the man in several video surveillance images — including one where he is carrying the lifeless body of 19-year-old Mikaela Conley — was Jalique Keene.
Pickering said on the stand at Hancock County Superior Court, “It’s Jalique Keene dragging Mikaela Conley.”
The detective was the last witness for the state in the rape and murder trial of Keene, 22, who is charged in the death of Conley, his friend and former MDI High School classmate.
Conley’s beaten, bruised and sexually assaulted body was found in a wooded area near her hometown’s elementary-middle school on June 2, 2018, the day after she was reported missing.
Several videos from the school were entered into evidence Thursday, the third day of the trial.
One video shows Conley and Keene walking up a path to the school at 2:17 a.m. on June 1 of last year.
Another one from 7:05 a.m. shows Keene, according to Pickering, carrying a lifeless Conley towards where her body was found the next day, covered in leaves.
A video recorded at 7:32 a.m. shows Keene, the detective said, washing his hands, arms, face and sneakers using a faucet located on the back of the school.
Thursday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Meg Elam told Conley’s family they should prepare for Keene to take the stand in his own defense when court reconvenes Friday morning.
It’s likely closing arguments also will be held on Friday.