Moores guilty of murder

Posted Nov. 21, 2008, at 4:55 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A judge on Friday found Ashton Moores of Bangor guilty of raping and murdering a local woman who was staying with him in March 2007.

Moores, 60, was accused of killing 43-year-old Christina Simonin and using a wheelbarrow to dump her bound and bagged body on March 3, 2007, a block from the residence they shared.

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

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Simonin’s mangled body was found by four teenagers behind an apartment building at 148 Union St. The body was wrapped in a blue vinyl mattress cover and a comforter.

Three video surveillance tapes from buildings around where Simonin’s body was found were entered into evidence on Tuesday, and Detective Brent Beaulieu, who is part of the Bangor Police Department’s criminal investigative division, also testified that day that Moores admitted to him that he was the man on the tapes.

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