Jury returns guilty verdict in double-murder trial

Posted Dec. 19, 2008, at 3:48 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Jurors have returned two guilty verdicts in the trial of a Maine man who killed his former girlfriend and his father.

Both the defense and the prosecution agreed that John A. Okie bludgeoned and stabbed 19-year-old Alexandra “Aleigh” Mills at her home in Wayne in July 2007 before fatally stabbing 59-year-old John S. Okie in Newcastle six days later.

But the agreement ended there. The defense contended Okie was not criminally responsible for his actions because he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The prosecution contended Okie wasn’t delusional at the time of the killings and knew right from wrong.

After deliberating for only an hour and a half, the Kennebec County Superior Court jury found him guilty of two counts of murder. Both counts carry a penalty of 25 years to life in prison.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 29.

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