2 indicted in slaying of woman

Posted May 22, 2009, at 8:44 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Two Waldoboro residents were indicted for murder Thursday by the Lincoln County grand jury in the April 19 stabbing death of Rachel Grindal, 27.

Earl “Buddy” Bieler, 24, and Corina Durkee, 42, both of 101 Brooks Lane, were charged in the attack at Tracy Neild’s home on Controversy Lane.

Police said Grindal, Neild and Shantelle Quint interrupted a burglary at the house. Neild was stabbed in the throat during the attack, and Quint ran to a neighbor’s for help. Grindal was killed.

Bieler was indicted on six counts, including intentional or knowing murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, Class A burglary, theft, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Durkee was indicted on four counts, including intentional or knowing murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, and burglary.

“Earl Bieler, or another person for whom [he] was legally accountable … intentionally cut Tracy Neild’s throat with a knife, intending to cause her death,” the indictment read in part. “At the time of the crime Earl D. Bieler, III, intended to cause multiple deaths.”

Neild was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston by LifeFlight helicopter and survived the attack. She implicated Bieler and Durkee through writing, police said.

Four days after the attack, police charged Bieler and Durkee with murder, attempted murder and burglary. Bieler and Durkee remain incarcerated at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, a jail official said Friday.

Bieler’s theft charge stemmed from an alleged theft of alcohol that night from Goodnow’s Variety in Waldoboro. The grand jury also indicted him on several other charges not related to the homicide, including one count of receiving stolen property, one count of forgery, one count of theft by deception from a Feb. 1 incident, and one count of attempted acquiring drugs by deception, one count of forgery and one count of violation of conditions of release stemming from a Jan. 18 incident.

Also indicted this week was Clifford Schwanke, aka Clifford Schuance, aka Clifford Swanky, 30, of Waldoboro, on charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and aggravated marijuana cultivation. Schwanke has been convicted of cocaine possession in Wisconsin, marijuana possession with the intent to distribute in Georgia, and psilocybin mushroom possession to sell or distribute in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Local police and Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested Schwanke on April 7 after confiscating more than 300 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of between $450,000 and $700,000 from a Depot Street home.

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