June 23, 2018
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Snowstorm delays jury’s view of scene in Carr murder trial

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Monday’s snowstorm postponed plans to have the jury visit the scene where a local teenager was gunned down last year and also shortened the first day of Zachary Carr’s murder trial, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy announced Monday.

Court adjourned at about 1 p.m. and Murphy said the jury’s viewing of the scene and the apartment where Carr lived would likely take place first thing Tuesday.

Carr, 19, is accused of shooting an unarmed John “Bobby” Surles with a 9 mm handgun Jan. 27, 2010, in a confrontation outside 62 Cumberland St. in Bangor. Carr allegedly shot Surles during a fight involving about a dozen young people near the apartment where Carr lived.

He died about 28 hours after the shooting at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from injuries caused by a gunshot wound to the chest.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson and defense attorney Thomas Matzilevich of Bangor made their opening statements on Monday morning and the prosecution presented five witnesses  — an eyewitness to the shooting, two others who assisted Surles after he was shot, a man who lives across the street who had called police earlier in the day, and a paramedic.

Matzilevich and F. David Walker IV, also of Bangor, are Carr’s two attorneys.

Carr has pleaded not guilty to murdering Surles. The defendant has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest Jan. 29, 2010.

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