2nd suspect indicted in stabbing death of Old Town teenager

Posted Sept. 28, 2009, at 8:20 p.m.
(BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)



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Justin Ptaszynski looks around the court room as his attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein,right,  addresses the Hon. Michaela Murphy during Ptaszynski's initial appearance at Penobscot County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, September 3, 2009. Police arrested him Thursday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Holly Boutilier who was found dead in a shed hidden in trees along the Penobscot River in Bangor on August 9, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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(BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS) CAPTION Justin Ptaszynski looks around the court room as his attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein,right, addresses the Hon. Michaela Murphy during Ptaszynski's initial appearance at Penobscot County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, September 3, 2009. Police arrested him Thursday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Holly Boutilier who was found dead in a shed hidden in trees along the Penobscot River in Bangor on August 9, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

BANGOR, Maine — The second of two men suspected of killing a 19-year-old Old Town woman in August was indicted Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury for intentional or knowing murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Justin Ptaszynski, 27, of Bangor has been held without bail at Penobscot County Jail since his arrest Sept. 3, nearly one month after Holly Boutilier’s body was found stabbed to death in a shack on the Bangor waterfront.

Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor was arrested just two days after the homicide after a standoff at his downtown Bangor apartment. He was indicted by the grand jury for murder in late August and is being held without bail at Penobscot County Jail.

The two men are expected to be tried separately and have been separated while in custody, according to officials.

Documents filed in Penobscot County Superior Court reveal that Ptaszynski and Koehler went for a walk along the Penobscot River with Boutilier the day she died. Ptaszynski told detectives that Koehler used a small curved Japanese-style knife to stab the woman multiple times and then cut her throat. Ptaszynski and Koehler were caught on Hollywood Slots video surveillance cameras leaving the area, but Ptaszynski said he had nothing to do with Boutilier’s death.

After Ptaszynski’s initial court appearance earlier this month, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson declined to explain how the second man was involved in Boutilier’s death. The prosecutor wouldn’t comment on what led to the charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution. He declined to specify why Ptaszynski was not arrested at the same time Koehler was charged.

Ptaszynski’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said his client has not been charged with wielding the weapon used to kill Boutilier.

“The [prosecution’s] theory seems to be that he had some involvement in arranging the meeting between the victim and Koehler on the waterfront,” the defense attorney said earlier this month.

Court documents do not outline a motive for the slaying or state whether the weapon used in the killing has been recovered. They also do not explain how Koehler, Ptaszynski and Boutilier knew one another or give any details about their relationship.

If convicted of murder, both men face 25 years to life in prison. If convicted of hindering apprehension or prosecution, Ptaszynski faces up to 10 years in prison.

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