Jury finds Bangor man guilty of attempted murder

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 2:05 p.m.

BANGOR — A jury on Tuesday found a Bangor man guilty of all three counts, including attempted murder, related to the stabbing of his ex-girlfriend last year.

David Archer, 35, took the stand in his own defense during the morning session at the Penobscot Judicial Center. He testified that he did not remember stabbing his ex-girlfriend twice on the evening of April 26, 2008, outside a Hudson Street apartment in Bangor, but admitted that he must have caused her injuries.

He also testified that he told his mother on the afternoon of the stabbing that if he saw the victim with another man, he would kill them both, but said the threat was idle. Archer said he had been doing a combination of drugs the day of the stabbing and in the weeks leading up to it.

The defendant told the jury that the drugs he took included prescription medication for Crohn’s disease, marijuana, cocaine, his regular dosages of methadone and an array of uppers and downers for which he did not have prescriptions.

Archer faces up to 30 years in prison on the attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault charges. He faces up to 10 years in prison on teh aggravated assault charge.

Jurors heard closing arguments before recessing for lunch.

Defense attorney Stephen Smith of Bangor told jurors the evidence showed Archer was too intoxicated on a cocktail of legal and illegal drugs to form the intent to commit either of the more serious crimes. He said the jury should find the defendant guilty of only aggravated assault.

Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said in his closing that Archer’s actions before and after the stabbing — from the threat in front of his mother, to his carrying a knife, to asking to speak to his ex-girlfriend alone, to the his fleeing the scene — show that Archer had the ability to form the intent to commit all three crimes.

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