Rockland man indicted in strangling death of ex-girlfriend

Posted Jan. 13, 2011, at 7:40 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man accused of strangling a Friendship woman before dumping her body near a quarry was indicted Thursday afternoon by the Knox County grand jury on a charge of intentional or knowing murder.

Arnold Diana, 35, of Rockland is charged in the Nov. 20 slaying of Katrina Windred.

Diana is being held without bail in Knox County Jail after police say he strangled the 47-year-old Windred to death in his apartment as the woman’s 11-year-old son sat reading comic books in her car.

Later that Saturday night, as the boy lay asleep on the floor not far from the bed where he had been told his mother lay sleeping, Diana wrapped his former girlfriend’s body in a blanket and dragged it down the back stairs, according to an affidavit filed in court by a Maine State Police detective.

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He placed the body in the front seat of a borrowed truck and later left the body on the side of Thompson Meadow Road, where it was found three days later by a man walking his dog.

When the boy awoke in Diana’s apartment at about 3 a.m. to find his mother gone, Diana told him she had left to visit friends, according to the affidavit. Later that morning, Diana drove the boy to his father’s home and dropped him off, explaining that Windred had not returned to pick her son up.

Police arrested Diana on Nov. 27 and charged him with murder in Windred’s death.

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