Motion for mental evaluation withdrawn for accused killer

Posted Jan. 25, 2010, at 8:33 p.m.
Colin Koehler  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)



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Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor makes his first appearance before Justice Michaela Murphy (not pictured) in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor on Thursday, August 13, 2009 for the murder of Holly Boutilier. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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Colin Koehler (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN) CAPTION Colin Koehler, 34, of Bangor makes his first appearance before Justice Michaela Murphy (not pictured) in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor on Thursday, August 13, 2009 for the murder of Holly Boutilier. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

BANGOR, Maine — After the defense attorney for accused killer Colin Koehler assured the state’s prosecutor that his client’s state of mind would not be part of his defense, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson withdrew a motion requiring a mental evaluation.

Koehler, 34, was arrested on Aug. 8, 2009, two days after the body of 19-year-old Holly Boutilier was found stabbed to death in a shack on the Bangor waterfront.

His attorney, Richard Hartley of Bangor, and Benson met at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Friday, the day Benson planned to file paperwork requiring Koehler to undergo a mental evaluation. Koehler was not in court.

Hartley told the court on Friday that he would not put forth “a defense involving his client’s state of mind,” therefore, nullifying the need for the mental evaluation, Benson said Monday.

Koehler and Justin Ptaszynski, 28, of Bangor went for a walk along the Penobscot River with Boutilier the day she died, and the two men were caught on video surveillance cameras leaving the area, according to court documents. The Old Town teen’s body was discovered by a transient.

Ptaszynski told detectives that Koehler used a small, curved, Japanese-style knife to stab the woman multiple times and then cut her throat.

About a month later, on Sept. 3, 2009, Ptaszynski was arrested and charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution and has been held without bail at Penobscot County Jail ever since.

Bangor attorney Jeffrey Silverstein is representing Ptaszynski and says his client has not been charged with wielding the weapon used to kill Boutilier.

“There is nothing currently scheduled” dealing with Ptaszynski, said Benson, who also is prosecuting that case. “Jeff hasn’t filed any motions.”

Ptaszynski’s trial is now “tentatively scheduled for August.”

If convicted of murder, both Koehler and Ptaszynski 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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