Koehler to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor makes his first appearance before Justice Michaela Murphy (not pictured) in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor on Thursday, August 13, 2009 for the murder of Holly Boutilier. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor makes his first appearance before Justice Michaela Murphy (not pictured) in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor on Thursday, August 13, 2009 for the murder of Holly Boutilier. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 13, 2009, at 9:49 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with the murder of an Old Town teenager will remain in the Penobscot County Jail until a bail hearing can be held.

Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor made his first court appearance Thursday morning before Justice Michaela Murphy in Penobscot County Superior Court. Koehler is accused of killing Holly Boutilier, 19, on Saturday.

No new information about how Boutilier died was released Thursday.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his ankles shackled, the defendant nodded his head and answered the judge’s questions in a barely audible voice when informed of the charge.

The judge ordered that Koehler undergo a psychiatric evaluation to assure that he is capable of participating in his own defense.

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Family members of the victim and the defendant attended the short hearing but declined to speak to reporters.

Bangor police arrested Koehler on Tuesday and charged him with intentional or knowing murder.

The affidavit detailing how she was killed is expected to remain sealed until after the bail hearing.

Under Maine law, a bail hearing must be held within five working days of a suspect’s arrest.

Koehler’s bail hearing is expected to be held next week.

Richard Hartley, the Bangor attorney retained by Koehler’s parents to represent the defendant, said that he has not yet decided what to suggest would be a reasonable bail.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said that his office, which is prosecuting the case, would oppose any request for bail.

Koehler is being held in protective custody at the jail, according to Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. The decision to place a defendant in protective custody is part of the intake process, he said Thursday. A prisoner also may request to be placed in protective custody.

Morton said that he could not comment on why Koehler is in protective custody.

Boutilier’s body was discovered Sunday in a shack along the Penobscot River between the end of Dutton Street and the Veterans’ Remembrance Bridge. She was last seen alive, according to previously published reports, walking in downtown Bangor on Saturday.

Police confirmed Wednesday that Koehler and Boutilier were acquaintances.

Investigators also said that they seized a number of weapons from Koehler’s apartment at 92 Columbia St. but declined to say what type of weapons they were.

On his MySpace page Koehler claims he is a martial arts hobbyist and has posted a video of himself doing a routine with a sword.

Boutilier’s funeral was held Thursday in Old Town.

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