Ashton Moores murder, rape trial begins

Posted Nov. 17, 2008, at 12:48 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

BANGOR — Nine family members of homicide victim Christina Simonin sat crying at times, and holding hands at other times, Monday morning during the opening day of testimony in the trial against Ashton Moores, the man accused of killing and sexually assaulting her. Click to listen to the state’s opening argument

Moores is charged with killing Simonin, 43, of Bangor in March 2007 and using a wheelbarrow to dump her body.

His attorneys say there are two other men who could have killed Simonin, and without a weapon and motive they will prove their client is innocent of the charges against him. Click to listen to the defense’s opening argument

Testimony started with two of the four teenagers who found Simonin’s body, wrapped in a blue tarp and a comforter. Bangor Police Officer James Deering and Dr. Margaret Greenwald, the state’s chief medical officer took the stand later.

Greenwald said Simonin died because of “multiple traumatic injuries,” and graphically described them to the court and in the jury-waived trial, overseen by judge William Anderson.

Moores, 60, was indicted for intentional or knowing murder, depraved-indifference murder and gross sexual assault in the death of Simonin, 43.

Moores has spent much of his adult life in prison for arson convictions.

If convicted of either murder charge, Moores faces 25 years to life in prison. The gross sexual assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Moores allegedly sexually assaulted, then killed Simonin on or around March 2. He then dumped her body between a shed and a car behind an apartment building at 148 Union St. in Bangor, according to police.

Moores, who lived in an apartment at 83 First St., allegedly borrowed a wheelbarrow from his landlord to carry the body the short distance from his apartment building to the snowbank. Two boys found Simonin’s body March 3 wrapped in a bed comforter and a tarp, then stuffed in the plastic bag.

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