John Williams

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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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After a shorter-than-expected selection period, the jury is in place for the trial of John Williams, who is charged with murder in the killing last April of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole.

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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.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man charged with killing a deputy and leading police on a three-day manhunt wants his confession to be suppressed.

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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.

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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.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the slaying of a Maine sheriff's deputy.
John Williams is charged with killing 61-year-old Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole on April 25 in Norridgewock. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in a Portland courtroom.
Prosecutors are seeking a life prison sentence.
An affidavit says after killing Cole, Williams stole the deputy's pickup and robbed a convenience store before abandoning the truck.
Williams then fled into the woods and sparked a four-day manhunt.

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Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Eugene Cole is being honored today at a public memorial service in Bangor.  Cpl. Cole was the first Maine law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in nearly three decades.

Marina Villeneuve / Associated Press

John Williams of Madison was formally charged with murder in connection with the death of Somerset County deputy Eugene Cole at his first court appearance Monday in Kennebec County. A police affidavit revealed some new details in the case, but doesn’t shed light on why Cole was shot.

Justice Robert Mullen ordered a mental health examination of Williams and agreed to prosecutors’ request for a change of venue to Cumberland County. Williams stared straight ahead as he sat with his court-appointed lawyers and answered questions from the judge.

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BAILEYVILLE, Maine - There's a rare bit of good news out of the Maine pulp and paper industry. Gov. Paul LePage was in Washington County this morning attend a ground-breaking ceremony for two new paper-making machines. St. Croix Tissue Inc. of Baileyville is getting $120 million worth of equipment installed, courtesy of parent company International Grand Investment Corporation, which is based in Hong Kong. According to state officials, the first machine is expected to be up-and-running in Baileyville next fall.