WISCASSET, Maine — A Waldoboro man accused of stabbing one woman to death and critically injuring another a year ago pleaded guilty to murder Friday in Lincoln County Superior Court.
Earl “Buddy” Bieler, 25, also pleaded guilty to aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, burglary and theft, according to Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes.
While Bieler’s decision was not the result of a plea agreement, prosecutors will not recommend life imprisonment for his crimes, Stokes said Friday evening.
“It’s the only thing we took off the table,” he said.
Bieler and Corina Durkee, 43, were indicted last May in the April 19 stabbing death of Rachel Grindal, 27, of Waldoboro and the attempted murder of Tracy Neild, 32.
Police said Grindal, Neild and a third woman, Shantelle Quint, interrupted a burglary at Neild’s home on Controversy Lane in Waldoboro. Neild was stabbed in the throat during the attack, and Quint ran to a neighbor’s for help.
Police arriving at the home found Neild on the ground bleeding and Grindal, who had been mortally wounded, in the driver’s seat of her minivan.
Although Neild could not speak after the stabbing, she used pen and paper to identify her attackers to police investigators.
Police had found Bieler and Durkee at the homicide scene, but they initially told police they had gone to Neild’s home to change her tire. At first, Bieler blamed Quint for the attacks.
Four days after the attack, police charged Bieler and Durkee with murder, attempted murder and burglary.
After Grindal’s death, friends remembered her as a great mom, a creative artist and a kind person.
“She had so many dreams of things she was going to do,” Angela Morelli, Grindal’s employer, told the BDN last year.
Bieler and Durkee remain incarcerated at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Bieler was hit with additional charges at the jail last fall when police accused him of trafficking in prison contraband. Officials said he was part of a plot to smuggle oxycodone pills into the jail. Bieler’s job allegedly was to swallow the pills in a deflated balloon.
Durkee’s trial is scheduled for May 10, Stokes said. Bieler’s sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.