Arraignments delayed in two murder cases

Posted Jan. 22, 2010, at 10:15 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two homicide arraignments scheduled for Friday were postponed.

Bangor lawyer Jeffrey Silverstein, who represents both Perley Goodrich Jr. and Nathaneal Nightingale, requested that both arraignments be continued because he would be out of the state Friday “for personal reasons,” according to filings at Penobscot Judicial Center.

Nightingale, 31, of Burlington was indicted Dec. 28 on two counts of intentional or knowing murder in the shooting deaths of Michael L. Miller and Valerie J. Miller, both 47, of Webster Plantation. Nightingale told police he shot the husband and wife, who were his friends, after a botched robbery. Nightingale was arrested about two weeks after the late November murders.

Goodrich, 45, of Newport has been indicted on one count of aggravated assault and one count of intentional or knowing murder and depraved indifference murder. He is accused of shooting his father, Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, and beating his 64-year-old mother, Sandra, with a pistol in late November. Goodrich Jr. was arrested after a four-day manhunt that culminated in a waitress recognizing him drinking coffee at a Newport truck stop.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the cases, had no objection to the delays, which were approved by Superior Court Justice William Anderson. The arraignments have not been rescheduled, according to the clerk’s office.

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