Bangor jury seated for Rory Holland murder trial

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 12:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A jury has been seated for the trial of a Maine man accused of killing two in a confrontation outside his home.

Opening statements in Rory Holland’s murder trial are expected to start Monday in Bangor, where a judge moved the trial at the request of defense lawyers.

Holland, who’s 54, is charged in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Gage Greene and 21-year-old Derek Greene early on June 30, 2009. Prosecutors say Holland pulled a handgun from his waistband and gunned down the brothers after Gage Greene pushed him. Holland says he feared for his life and fired in self-defense.

In June 2009, Biddeford police said they responded to calls from neighbors about gunshots and arrived to find the brothers wounded along South Street.

Holland’s criminal record includes a two-year prison term in Kansas in the late 1970s for attempted murder, aggravated assault and simple battery on his 16-month-old daughter. He also was convicted in 1991 of assault in Portland.

Charges that he kidnapped a young woman and her baby were dropped and he was acquitted of assaulting and terrorizing tenants.

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