BELFAST, Maine — A man charged with strangling his girlfriend to death in July pleaded not guilty to the crime Tuesday morning in Belfast District Court.
Dennis Edgecomb, 39, stood before Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to answer to the murder charge in the death of Pamela Green, 42, at her Morrill home on July 20.
A crowd of Green’s family members and friends seemed to fill half the courtroom during the brief proceeding. Edgecomb wore the orange uniform of Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he is being held without bail.
Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea agreed that Edgecomb will continue to be held without bail.
According to the police affidavit filed the day after Green died, Edgecomb called 911 to say that he had just strangled a woman and that he did not think she was going to live.
An hour before he made that call, Green had sent a text message to her daughter saying that Edgecomb was threatening to kill her, according to the police report.
Several people interviewed after Green was killed said that the pair was romantically involved and that Edgecomb had been living in Green’s home.
Edgecomb told a police investigator that he and Green got into an argument that day because he intended to move out of the house. Edgecomb said that Green “came out swinging” but had “nothing in her hands” and did not hit him, according to the affidavit.
He told Detective Scott Bryant of the Maine State Police that he pushed Green on the couch, and when she told him “that’s going to leave a mark,” he held her down and choked her, according to the affidavit.
“Dennis said Pamela’s face was under the back rest cushion so he could not see her face,” Bryant wrote in the affidavit. “He only stopped choking her when she stopped moving.”
Edgecomb and his attorney have 90 days to file pretrial motions, Pratt said, adding that he is still waiting to get all the police reports and other documents from the attorney general’s office.
“We have yet to receive discovery in this case,” the attorney said.
Michael L. Littlefield, 48, of Brooks, who is charged with killing his wife, Deborah Littlefield, on June 25, also had been scheduled to have his arraignment hearing Tuesday. That hearing has been postponed until 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10, according to a court official.