Bail hearing delayed in wife slaying

Posted July 01, 2010, at 4:08 p.m.
Richard Hartley, the court-appointed attorney of Michael Littlefield. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
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Richard Hartley, the court-appointed attorney of Michael Littlefield. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Michael Littlefield (right), during his Harnish hearing with his attorney, Richard Hartley, at the Waldo County District Court in Belfast Thursday, July 1, 2010.  (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
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Michael Littlefield (right), during his Harnish hearing with his attorney, Richard Hartley, at the Waldo County District Court in Belfast Thursday, July 1, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Michael Littlefield arrives at the Waldo County District Court in Belfast for his Harnish hearing Thursday, July 1, 2010.  (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
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Michael Littlefield arrives at the Waldo County District Court in Belfast for his Harnish hearing Thursday, July 1, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)

BELFAST, Maine — A Superior Court justice decided Thursday afternoon that Michael Littlefield will continue to be held without bail in Kennebec County Jail.

Littlefield, 48, of Brooks has been charged with the intentional or knowing murder of his wife, Deborah Littlefield, 49, who was shot to death on June 25 in the kitchen of the couple’s Veteran’s Highway home.

Littlefield’s attorney, Richard Hartley, asked Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to postpone the bail hearing, stating that both parties need to learn more about the case before discussing a bail hearing.

Hartley said he needs time to talk to his client, his client’s family members and others to learn more about what happened before taking further action. He has the opportunity to ask for another bail hearing in the future.

Thursday’s proceeding was held at Waldo County District Court.

Last Monday, District Court Judge Jane S. Bradley ordered Littlefield held without bail and further ordered him to undergo insanity, competency and mental examinations.

According to police records filed in the Waldo County court system, police first became aware of the incident in Brooks at 7:08 p.m. June 25, when Sherrill Littlefield called to report that her sister-in-law Debbie was dead.

Roger Littlefield, the accused man’s brother, had gone to check on Deborah Littlefield while his sister was calling police dispatchers, wrote Detective Jason Andrews of the Maine State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

“Roger stated his sister-in-law is dead,” Andrews wrote. “Roger further described she had been shot.”

When Deputy Sgt. Dale Brown of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department arrived about 15 minutes later, he found a woman lying dead on the kitchen floor, and no one else in the house.

Michael Littlefield’s sister then called the dispatch center for Waldo County. Nancy Whitcomb said Littlefield had arrived at her house and told her he had “shot and killed his wife,” according to the affidavit.

Sometime after 7 p.m., Littlefield drove to the home of Donald Nickerson on Back Brooks Road in Monroe and told him that he had “shot his wife in the head” about four hours earlier, according to the police affidavit. Nickerson’s relationship to Littlefield was not specified in the report.

“During this time, he observed the rifle in plain view inside Michael Littlefield’s pickup truck,” Andrews wrote. “Michael went on to tell Mr. Nickerson that his ‘wife had been ragging his ass’ in reference to a muffler he had recently purchased for his pickup truck. Mr. Nickerson stated this was the reason Michael had given him for shooting his wife.”

Littlefield told Nickerson that after shooting Deborah Littlefield, he lay beside her body and attempted “to get up the nerve to shoot himself,” but couldn’t do it, according to the affidavit.

A criminal history record for Littlefield from the Maine State Bureau of Identification shows Littlefield spent 15 days in Waldo County Jail in 1981 after being convicted of theft and had to pay about $400 in restitution after a 1981 conviction for criminal mischief.

It appeared that Littlefield had no prior violent crime convictions in Maine.

BDN writer Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.

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