Second man charged in Bangor slaying pleads not guilty

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, at 9:01 p.m.

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

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

Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor was arrested two days after the homicide after a standoff at his downtown Bangor apartment. He was indicted by the grand jury on a murder charge in late August and pleaded not guilty. He also is being held without bail at the jail.

The two men are expected to be tried separately and have been separated while in custody, according to officials. Trial dates have not been set.

Documents filed in Penobscot County Superior Court revealed 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 video surveillance cameras from Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway leaving the area, but Ptaszynski said he had nothing to do with Boutilier’s death.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting both men, has declined to say how Ptaszynski was involved in Boutilier’s death or what led to the hindering charge.

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

Court documents do not outline a motive for the slaying or explain how the two men and Boutilier knew one another.

If convicted of murder, both men face a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life. If convicted on the hindering charge, Ptaszynski faces up to 10 years in prison.

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