Maine man to be sentenced for girlfriend’s murder

The Associated Press
Posted Feb. 25, 2009, at 9:15 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The judge who convicted a Canaan man for murder in the beating death of his 38-year-old girlfriend won’t be sentencing him on Wednesday.

Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills recused herself from the sentencing of Shannon Atwood after a defense lawyer said her guilty verdict was tainted because she knew a woman Atwood was convicted of assaulting years earlier.

Mills found Atwood guilty in the bludgeoning death of his 38-year-old girlfriend, Cheryl Murdoch. An earlier charge of killing his wife was dismissed.

Atwood will be sentenced by Justice Thomas Delahanty II in Somerset County Superior Court. printed on August 21, 2017