Jury selection begins for stabbing death trial

Posted May 30, 2009, at 6:22 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Jury selection will begin Monday for the trial of a Hope man accused of stabbing to death 24-year-old Jessica Marie Nichols last July.

Steven Pomeroy, 24, entered a plea of not guilty last October while answering a murder indictment handed up by a Knox County grand jury, on grounds that he was not criminally responsible at the time he killed Nichols.

At that time, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ordered Pomeroy to be held without bail in Knox County Jail.

Maine State Police Detective Scott A. Bryant wrote in a probable cause statement to the court that Pomeroy told police he had lost his temper over a comment Nichols had made about his former fiancee, and he bludgeoned and stabbed Nichols. She died of multiple sharp- and blunt-force injuries, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

After cleaning up the blood in his apartment in Hope, Pomeroy allegedly placed Nichols’ body in the trunk of his car and drove to a friend’s house in Hope.

State police Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock of Troop D Barracks in Thomaston heard the radio transmission of the 911 call, and at 8:25 a.m. arrived at the address where Pomeroy had driven his car. Wesbrock and Knox County sheriff’s deputies found Nichols’ body in the car trunk. Pomeroy was arrested at the scene.

He made his initial appearance July 3 at Knox County Superior Court in connection with Nichols’ death.

His attorney, Philip Cohen of Waldoboro, requested in February to have the trial moved out of Knox County because of concerns about pretrial publicity. No ruling has been made on that motion.

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