Archive for December, 1999


Attorney says publicity might affect trial of double murder suspect

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 23, 1999, at 1:07 p.m.
BANGOR — A Newport attorney says it will be difficult to find an impartial jury for his client, accused murderer Jeffrey Cookson, because of pretrial publicity. Attorney Dale Thistle said Wednesday that the media exposure to the double murders and Cookson’s arrest could prevent his client from getting a fair …

Cookson awaits bail hearing; contents of affidavit kept from public

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 21, 1999, at 1:01 p.m.
BANGOR — A New Gloucester man accused of the Dec. 3 murders of a young woman and a toddler she had been baby-sitting in Dexter will remain in jail until Jan. 4 when a Harnish hearing is held in Newport District Court. A Harnish hearing is used to determine if …

Ex-boyfriend held in connection with slayings

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 18, 1999, at 12:57 p.m.
GUILFORD | A New Gloucester man was arrested early Friday morning and charged with the Dec. 3 murders of his ex-girlfriend and a toddler she had been baby-sitting at 136 Church St. in Dexter. Jeffrey Cookson, 36, was charged with killing Mindy Gould, 20, and Treven Jacob Cunningham, 21 …

Evidence gathered in double homicide; police expect arrest soon

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 15, 1999, at 1:06 p.m.
DEXTER — Maine State Police officers are progressing in their investigation of the double homicide earlier this month in Dexter, although an arrest has yet to be made. Police are optimistic that they will make an arrest soon in connection with the Dec. 3 shooting deaths of Mindy Gould, 20, …

Police stop drivers passing by murder site

By Mike Laberge on Dec. 11, 1999, at 12:53 p.m.
DEXTER | Hoping for a break, police Friday handed out fliers and questioned drivers passing by the home where a young woman and toddler were shot to death eight days ago. “Good morning. We’re investigating a double murder that occurred last Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 …

Homicides in Dexter not chance, police say

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Dec. 08, 1999, at 12:52 p.m.
A Maine State Police detective investigating the double homicide in Dexter said Tuesday that the killings aren’t considered random. “At this point, we do not consider this to be a random-type killing,” Lt. Darrell Ouellette said, referring to last Friday’s execution-style shootings of Mindy Gould, 20, and …

Family mourn two dead in Dexter; investigation continues

By Mike Laberge, BDN Staff on Dec. 07, 1999, at 1:05 p.m.
GARLAND — The faces of the dead stared up at the living in Arthur Jette’s kitchen. Three days after the double murder in nearby Dexter, friends and relatives gathered Monday to mourn and to remember a young woman struggling to get on with her life — and a little boy …

Police search for Dexter killer; friends, family recall victims

By Mike Laberge, BDN Staff on Dec. 06, 1999, at 1:03 p.m.
DEXTER — Until Friday, this had been a place where people left keys in their cars and rarely locked their doors, where neighbors waved and often shared morning coffee. It was the kind of small, close-knit community that lured people wanting to slow down and raise children, knowing they would …

Woman, child slain in Dexter

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 05, 1999, at 12:49 p.m.
Police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a young woman and a toddler she had been baby-sitting Friday at a Dexter home. The bodies of Mindy Gould, 20, and Treven Jacob Cunningham, the 2 1/2-year-old son of Cassie Cunningham of Dexter, were discovered at …
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