Limington man charged with murder in wife’s shooting

Posted March 27, 2010, at 7:35 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — A man was charged Saturday with murder in the shooting death of his new wife, whose body was found about 80 miles from their home on property owned by his family, state police said.

Patrick Dapolito was arrested Saturday afternoon after arranging through his attorney to turn himself in at Maine State Police barracks in Gray, they said.

Dapolito had reported Kelly Winslow-Dapolito missing from their home in Limington on March 18. Her body was found the next day in Upton, an isolated town of about 65 residents on the New Hampshire border where her in-laws own a house and 200 acres of mostly wooded land.

Dapolito’s parents live in Upton but had been in Florida, where they typically go in the winter, Town Clerk Jim Rector said.

Dapolito, 39, and Winslow-Dapolito, 30, had been married about six months.

Dapolito is charged with shooting Winslow-Dapolito at the couple’s home on March 16, two days before he reported her missing.

Police searched the Limington home and other locations before finding her body in Upton, about a two-hour drive away. The medical examiner’s office said she died from a gunshot wound to the head and ruled her death a homicide.

Dapolito had been interviewed during the investigation and had been cooperative, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland said. He was being held Saturday at the York County Jail in Alfred and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on the murder charge in York County Superior Court today.

Dapolito’s home telephone was disconnected, and a jail guard wouldn’t make him available for comment Saturday. Police said they don’t know who his lawyer is.

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