Maine Supreme Court hears sex party slaying case

Posted April 15, 2011, at 7:26 a.m.
Last modified April 15, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Court will decide if the jury that convicted a Skowhegan farmer of killing another man during a drug-fueled sex game received the correct instructions from the trial judge.

Attorneys for Malcolm Bruce Davidson argued Thursday that the trial jury should have been told prosecutors needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Davidson’s claim the gun was unloaded was invalid.

Davidson is serving a 10-year prison sentence for killing 50-year-old Fred Wilson during a 2009 party in the basement of Wilson’s South Portland home.

Davidson’s attorney, Verne Paradie Jr., argued, the judge’s instructions gave the jury an incorrect understanding about the burden of proof.

But The Portland Press Herald says prosecutors argued the point did not need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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