Videotapes focus of Moores murder trial

Posted Nov. 18, 2008, at 1:11 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Three video surveillance tapes from buildings around where Christina Siminon’s body was found in March 2007, hog-tied and bagged, were shown on Tuesday in second day of the court case against Ashton Moores, the man accused of raping and beating her to death.

Watch the surveillance tapes.

An audio tape in which Moores, now 60, admits to borrowing a wheelbarrow also was played for Superior Court Justice William Anderson, who is hearing Moores’ jury-waived murder and rape trial in Penobscot County Superior Court.

Moores is accused of brutally raping Simonin, 43, of Bangor and then killing her before using a wheel-barrow to move her body from his First Street apartment and dump it beside a shed located between the Shaw House and 148 Union St.

The first surveillance video show a grainy figure pushing a wheelbarrow up First Street and the side driveway of the Shaw House, a homeless shelter for teens that provided the first two video tapes.

The second video shows a figure, from the waist up passing in and out of view along the bottom of the picture and then again seconds later going behind a shed.

The third video, which was recovered from the Together Place, located at 150 Union St., shows a figure apparently attempting to get into a locked trash receptacle, then a figure heading towards First Street. A few seconds later, the figure returns with a wheelbarrow, heading towards Second Street and then, after a few more seconds, the figure is back again heading towards First Street.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson alleges that Moores is the man on the tapes.

Defense attorneys Terence Harrigan and Seth Harrow, however, tried to demonstrate that there is no way to determine that the figure in the tapes is Moores. They claim their client is innocent and that there are two other men that police failed to investigate thoroughly. Either could have killed Simonin, they say.

Simonin’s body was found by a group of teens on March 3, 2007 beside the shed wrapped in a blue vinyl mattress cover and comforter.

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