Statement admissible in McDonald killing

Posted July 20, 2010, at 11:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A judge has ruled that a Monmouth man’s statement after his mother’s killing will be admissible at his murder trial.

Kenneth McDonald, 44, is charged in the death of his 80-year-old mother in August 2009. Police say Janice McDonald died of multiple sharp force trauma.

The Kennebec Journal reported Tuesday that McDonald, who has pleaded not guilty, allegedly told his sister, “I screwed up bad this time” when she asked him about the slaying of their mother.

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy ruled last week that the statement was voluntary and is admissible at McDonald’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 30.

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