Portland murder trial goes to jury

Posted Dec. 06, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Jurors have yet to reach a verdict after deliberating for two hours in the murder trial of a 52-year-old Portland man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend.

A Cumberland County Superior Court jury began deliberating Monday afternoon after hearing closing arguments in the trial of William Hanaman of Portland. Hanaman is charged with killing 47-year-old Marion Shea in his apartment in November 2009.

Prosecutors said Hanaman killed Shea and then attempted to take his own life by overdosing on prescription drugs. But Hanaman’s attorney told jurors he acted in self-defense.

Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations on Tuesday.