John Williams

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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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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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