Lawyers seek to move 2 homicide trials

Posted Feb. 24, 2009, at 9:11 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Defense lawyers want new locations for two Knox County homicide trials.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said Monday that attorneys for Robert E. Harford Jr. of Rockland and Steven C. Pomeroy of Hope made the requests earlier this month.

Pomeroy was arrested July 2, 2008, and charged with the stabbing death of Jessica Nichols, 22, of Waldoboro. His attorney is Philip Cohen of Waldoboro. Jury selection is set to begin June 1, Zainea said.

Harford, who is accused of causing the death of his 9-week-old daughter, Ava, on Aug. 17, 2008, is represented by attorney Steven Peterson of West Rockport.

No request for change of venue has been made in a third homicide case in the Knox County court involving accused killer Enoch Petrucelly. Petrucelly, of Palmyra, has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible to the charge of intentionally or knowingly causing the death of his brother Michael Petrucelly on Aug. 10, 2008, on North Haven.

No details were available Tuesday on where outside Knox County the defense attorneys may have asked that the trials be held. Zainea said defense attorneys often request a change of venue out of concern about pretrial publicity that may occur.

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