Murder charge issued in Windham shooting

Posted Sept. 07, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.

WINDHAM, Maine – A Windham man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the death of a man whose body was found on his property last week.

Joseph Green, 44, faces a murder charge in the death of David Harmon, 40, who died from a gunshot wound, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Harmon was reported missing on Sept. 1 by his wife, who said she had dropped him off to scout hunting sites. A release from the Maine State Police said that Harmon intended to steal marijuana that was growing on Green’s property.

State police said Green and Harmon knew each other and that Green has been cooperating in the investigation. A handgun that police believe was used in the shooting has been found.

Green was arrested around 7 p.m. Tuesday at his mother’s house in Casco, according to the state police. He is being held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland and will appear in Portland Superior Court on Wednesday or Thursday.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office showed that Harmon died from a “through-and-through wound consistent with a gunshot,” said police spokesman Steve McCausland. His death has been ruled a homicide.

A handgun believed used in the shooting, along with some marijuana, have been recovered, he said.

Harmon’s wife was aware that her husband was searching for marijuana plants, but no charges have been filed against her, McCausland said.

Green was being held in the Cumberland County Jail and was expected to make a court appearance either Wednesday or Thursday.

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