Cpl. Eugene Cole

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawyer for a man who’s serving a life sentence for killing a deputy is arguing the trial judge made mistakes in allowing the man's confession and in imposing the maximum sentence.

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The man serving a life sentence for murdering an on-duty Somerset County sheriff’s deputy is asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to overturn his conviction and grant him a new trial.

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John Williams, the man who killed Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole last year, has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Update 2:25 p.m. Williams has been sentenced to life in prison.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man is due to be sentenced for the first killing of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty in nearly 30 years.

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A week after his trial began, John Williams has been found guilty in the murder of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole.

PORTLAND, Maine - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of a Maine man who's accused of placing a gun to the neck of a sheriff's deputy and pulling the trigger.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The trial of a Maine man who's accused of killing a sheriff's deputy by pressing a gun to his neck and pulling the trigger has been delayed.

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The highly publicized trial of the man accused of killing Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole began Monday morning in Cumberland County Superior Court.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Maine man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy before eluding law enforcement officers for several days.

PORTLAND, Maine - A hearing for a Maine man who wants his confession to killing a sheriff's deputy tossed out has ended without him taking the stand.

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Attorneys for John Williams argue that his initial confession to killing Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Cole last April came as the result of physical violence while in custody and an opioid addiction, and should not be allowed at trial.

A bridge over Maine's Kennebec River is being named for a deputy killed in the line of duty.

The dedication of the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge is being held Sunday in the deputy's hometown, Norridgewock, on what would've been his 62nd birthday.

Cole was shot and killed April 25 while on patrol in Norridgewock. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Maine in nearly three decades.

John D. Williams was arrested after a four-day manhunt by state, local and federal authorities. He is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.

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The lawyer for John Williams – the man accused of killing Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole this April – is asking a judge to suppress Williams’ confession. Williams was the subject of a four-day long manhunt following the discovery of Corporal Cole’s body near a house in Norridgewock, and, according to his attorney, he was badly beaten while in custody.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Court documents say the Maine man accused of fatally shooting a county sheriff's deputy was present for his girlfriend's arrest by the same deputy just days before the shooting.

John Williams, of Madison, was a passenger in his own car driven by his girlfriend when Cpl. Eugene Cole pulled them over on the afternoon of Saturday, April 21.

The Morning Sentinel reports Williams has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the April 25 death of Cole, and is currently undergoing mental health examinations.

An affidavit says a Maine sheriff's deputy was on the ground when his attacker shot and killed him.

John Williams, of Madison, was charged in the April 25 death of Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Information from an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant Monday states that Williams described pulling away from Cole. Williams also pulled a pistol from his waistband. The affidavit also indicates that Cole retreated backward, tripped and fell to the ground.

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