Hope man pleads not guilty in beating, stabbing

Posted Nov. 03, 2008, at 10:11 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Steven Pomeroy, who is accused of killing Jessica Marie Nichols, 22, on July 2, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Knox County Superior Court last week to the charge of “depraved indifference murder.”

Pomeroy, 24, of Hope was in court Oct. 29 to answer a murder indictment by the Knox County grand jury. Pomeroy waived his right to a bail hearing. He entered a plea of not guilty on grounds that he was not criminally responsible at the time he killed Nichols.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ordered Pomeroy to be held without bail in Knox County Jail and placed him on the court trial docket for February 2009.

Pomeroy was defended by Waldoboro attorney Philip Cohen. The prosecutor was Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.

Maine State Police Detective Scott A. Bryant wrote in a probable cause statement to the court that Pomeroy told police he had lost his temper over a comment Nichols had made about his former fiancee, and he bludgeoned and stabbed Nichols. She died of multiple sharp- and blunt-force injuries, according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

After cleaning up the blood in his apartment in Hope, Pomeroy allegedly placed her body in the trunk of his car and drove to a friend’s house in Hope.

State police Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock of Troop D Barracks in Thomaston heard the radio transmission of the 911 call, and at 8:25 a.m. arrived at the address where Pomeroy had driven his car. Wesbrock and Knox County sheriff’s deputies found Nichols’ body in the car trunk. Pomeroy was arrested at the scene.

He made his initial appearance July 3 at Knox County Superior Court in connection with Nichols’ death.

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