DA reviewing death of trucker in Lincoln

Posted Dec. 17, 2009, at 9:03 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a warrant police submitted regarding a 55-year-old trucker from Tennessee who died in a parking lot in downtown Lincoln during the summer, officials said Thursday.

District Attorney R. Christopher Almy started reviewing the file Wednesday and doesn’t know yet whether charges will result.

“It will take some time,” Almy said of his review.

Brian Isdell, 55, was found collapsed in a downtown parking lot on Aug. 20. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short while later.

His death and reports of a violent confrontation he had with two Lincoln teens just before his collapse led local and state police to seal off the Mechanic and Lake streets block for several hours that morning as they investigated.

An autopsy conducted Aug. 21 showed that Isdell died of natural causes brought on by heart disease. The state medical examiner’s ruling precludes homicide charges, but police have said that lesser charges are possible, without specifying what they might be.

The teens — who have strongly denied any intent to physically harm Isdell — said they promised to help Isdell buy marijuana and that one of them fought with him after they had taken a carton of cigarettes from his truck. They also said they took the trucker’s cell phone.

Almy and Lincoln interim Police Chief Phil Dawson would not comment on whether the teens are named as suspects in the application or what charges might be proffered. Former Lincoln Police Chief William Flagg in August said police sought two persons of interest in the case, but he declined to identify them.

Dawson said police submitted the warrant last week. He defended the length of time it took police to get the case to this point.

“We wanted to be as thorough as possible. We had other leads and cases that we needed to follow up on,” Dawson said Thursday. “We work our investigations very hard … Sometimes it just takes awhile to catch up to the people we want to talk to. We feel that we have gathered as much [evidence] as we can out of this.”

No charges can be brought in the case unless Almy and a criminal court judge agree that police have found probable cause to make arrests. A case could also be referred to a grand jury for review.

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