Defendant to testify in Maine double-murder trial

Posted June 08, 2009, at 1:09 p.m.

PARIS, Maine — A Sumner man charged with fatally shooting two men last summer in a dispute involving unpaid debts and illegal drugs will testify in his own defense, his attorney told jurors Monday.

Duane Waterman, 33, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of Timothy Mayberry, 50, of West Paris and Todd Smith, 43, of Paris. Mayberry and Smith were found dead July 26 on Mayberry’s property.

In opening statements, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson told the jury that shell casings at Mayberry’s home and bullets found in the victims’ bodies were traced to a handgun purchased by Waterman and his wife more than a month before the shootings.

Benson said Waterman owed Mayberry money after a botched sale of the prescription painkiller OxyContin and was growing angry over Mayberry’s attempts to collect the debt, the Sun Journal of Lewiston reported.

Waterman’s attorney, John Jenness Jr., told jurors his client was innocent. He said Waterman frequently visited Mayberry’s home, and a tire impression matching Waterman’s vehicle doesn’t prove Waterman was at the residence at the time of the murders.

Jury members were taken Monday morning to the site where the victims’ bodies were found.

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