WISCASSET, Maine — Accused murderer Earl “Buddy” Bieler, who the state says stabbed Rachel Grindal to death on April 20, waived his right to a bail hearing Thursday in Lincoln County Superior Court.
The state has charged Bieler, 24, and Corina Durkee, 42, both of Waldoboro, with intentional or knowing murder, attempted murder and burglary after an attack in Waldoboro that left Grindal dead and another woman, Tracey Neild, critically injured.
Neild, who was stabbed in the throat, used a pen and paper to identify Bieler and Durkee as the attackers.
With his hands bound by shackles on Thursday, Bieler told Justice Andrew Horton that he understood what he was doing by giving up his right to a hearing in which prosecutors seek to have a judge deny bail to a defendant accused of one of a handful of serious crimes — murder being one of them.
Bieler is represented by attorney William Avantaggio of Newcastle.
Durkee’s bail hearing has been postponed and has not yet been rescheduled, according to a clerk.
“I want to satisfy myself that you understand your rights,” Horton said, explaining that Bieler could make the state provide evidence at a hearing to support the charge of murder.
“Yes, sir,” replied Bieler.
Justice Horton told Bieler that he was satisfied that the information set forth in the affidavit filed last week by Maine State Police Detective Christopher Tupper was “sufficient to prove probable cause” in the charge of murder.
According to the affidavit, police believe that Grindal, Neild and a third woman, Shantelle Quint, interrupted a burglary in progress when they arrived together in a van at Neild’s home in Waldoboro. Police said Bieler and Durkee then attacked the women and stabbed Grindal and Neild. Quint, who was not stabbed, said she escaped to a neighbor’s to call for help.
Bieler and Durkee told police they had pulled into the driveway to change a flat tire and that Bieler chased Quint off after the van arrived and she stabbed the two women.
Both Bieler and Durkee remain incarcerated at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
During the brief interaction between Bieler and the judge on Thursday, Grindal’s spouse, Madalynn Wiggins, sobbed from her seat at the back of the courtroom. She and Grindal had been married in Massachusetts just one year before the killing, Wiggins has said.
Wiggins declined to comment Thursday on the courtroom proceedings.
Horton scheduled Bieler’s arraignment for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28.