Bail set for man arrested on gun, drug charges

Posted Nov. 24, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man allegedly caught Tuesday with more than 300 oxycodone pills and a handgun will spend Thanksgiving at the Penobscot County Jail after a judge set bail at $10,000 cash.

Bradley Murray, 21, of Bangor is charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and assault.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, asked that Murray’s bail be set at $10,000 cash. Defense attorney Aaron Frye of Bangor said Murray could only afford to pay $1,000 bail.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Andrew Mead presided Wednesday afternoon at the first appearances of about half a dozen arrestees, including Murray.

“These are extremely serious charges and serious circumstances that justify a high bail,” Mead said.

Murray was arrested about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, less than three hours after Bangor police received a call from a 21-year-old female relative of Murray and his wife, Amber Murray, 24. The caller said she and Amber Murray were fighting over the care of the couple’s child.

The relative said Amber Murray came to her Patten Street home “and started beating her up outside in the middle of the street,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday in a news release.

“As the victim was being assaulted, she stated that Bradley Murray, Amber’s husband who accompanied her to Patten Street, threatened her with a gun, demanding that they stop fighting.”

The Murrays left before police arrived and a be-on-the-lookout alert was issued, Edwards said. A couple of hours later, Bangor police Officer Dan Sanborn spotted the two on Ohio Street, turned around and caught up with them as they entered an apartment at 818 Ohio St.

Sanborn found the handgun allegedly used in the earlier assault and arrested Bradley Murray. Amber Murray was charged with assault, but was not arrested.

After Bradley Murray was taken to the county lockup, jail personnel found 343 pills, mostly OxyContin, and several hundred dollars in cash, on his person, Edwards said.

If convicted, Murray faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the most serious charges.

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