Police allege jealousy fueled Augusta stabbing

Posted Dec. 08, 2010, at 1:39 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A man charged in the stabbing death of an Augusta resident whose body was found during the weekend is being held pending a bail hearing.

At his initial court appearance Wednesday, 30-year-old Peter Bathgate was not asked to enter a plea during the hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy.

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Bathgate is charged in the death of 47-year-old Paul Allen of Augusta, whose body was found Sunday alongside a road in Hallowell after he had been reported missing.

A state police affidavit says Allen had been stabbed and a broken cane was found near his body. It quotes Bathgate as saying he went into a rage after seeing Allen flirting with his girlfriend.