2nd suspect pleads not guilty in Old Town woman’s murder

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, at 12:04 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The second of two men suspected of killing a 19-year-old Old Town woman in August pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Penobscot County Superior Court.

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.

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