3 arrested in drug robbery killing of Portland mother

Posted May 11, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.
Last modified May 12, 2011, at 3:05 p.m.
Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee talks with his attorneys at the Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., Wednesday May 11, 2011. Papile has been charged with second degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose body was found in a Conway, N.H., pond on April 27
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Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee talks with his attorneys at the Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., Wednesday May 11, 2011. Papile has been charged with second degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose body was found in a Conway, N.H., pond on April 27
Twenty-three-year-old Trevor Ferguson of Tamworth is led into the Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday. Furguson is one of three men implicated in the murder of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose body was found in a Conway pond on April 27.
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Twenty-three-year-old Trevor Ferguson of Tamworth is led into the Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday. Furguson is one of three men implicated in the murder of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose body was found in a Conway pond on April 27.
Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee is led into court at the Ossippee District Court House in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday. Petelis is implicated in the murder of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose
body was found in a Conway pond on April 27.
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Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee is led into court at the Ossippee District Court House in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday. Petelis is implicated in the murder of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, whose body was found in a Conway pond on April 27.
Family and friends of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer whose body was found in a Conway pond on April 27, sit in Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday.
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Family and friends of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer whose body was found in a Conway pond on April 27, sit in Ossippee District Court in Ossippee, N.H., on Wednesday.
This undated picture made available by Conway, N.H. Police shows 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, of Portland, Maine. Dittmeyer's body was recovered Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from a pond on Mount Cranmore Resort property in North Conway, N.H. Her death remains under investigation.
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This undated picture made available by Conway, N.H. Police shows 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, of Portland, Maine. Dittmeyer's body was recovered Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from a pond on Mount Cranmore Resort property in North Conway, N.H. Her death remains under investigation.
This 2010 booking photo released by the Maine Department of Corrections shows Kyle Acker, the father of Krista Dittymeyer's child, serving time in prison in Maine after being convicted of trafficking drugs.
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This 2010 booking photo released by the Maine Department of Corrections shows Kyle Acker, the father of Krista Dittymeyer's child, serving time in prison in Maine after being convicted of trafficking drugs.

OSSIPEE, N.H. — A Maine woman whose body was discovered in a New Hampshire pond had been lured to a friend’s apartment, ambushed and clubbed by two men who plotted to steal drugs and money from her, authorities said Wednesday.

Krista Dittmeyer’s body was found in a ski area’s snowmaking pond April 27, about a quarter-mile from where police found her idling car and her unharmed 14-month-old daughter inside on April 23.

On Wednesday, three men — Anthony Papile, Michael Petelis and Trevor Ferguson — were arraigned in Ossineke in connection with the April 22 robbery and killing.

In a criminal complaint and in court Wednesday, investigators and prosecutors outlined a plot by Papile and Petelis to ambush the 20-year-old Portland woman to steal drugs and money from her.

The officials said Dittmeyer was lured to Petelis’ Ossipee home on April 22. Soon after she arrived around 9:45 p.m., Papile ambushed her as she climbed the stairs to the apartment, striking her on the head with a rubber club.

Papile and Petelis reportedly bound her with duct tape and put her in the trunk of her own car. Papile drove Dittmeyer’s car to the Cranmore Mountain ski area parking lot and put Dittmeyer in the pond.

Ferguson agreed to give Papile a ride to his home from the ski area in exchange for money and drugs.

Prosecutors would not say Wednesday whether Dittmeyer was alive when she was submerged in the pond.

Papile, 28, of Ossipee was charged with second-degree murder. Petelis, 28, and Ferguson, 23, of Tamworth were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

The three were not required to enter pleas Wednesday. Each was represented by a court-appointed attorney who didn’t speak to the media.

Papile was ordered held without bail, while Petelis and Ferguson were held on $250,000 bail.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young told the judge Petelis was a friend of Dittmeyer’s who told others he was her “protector” while her boyfriend, Kyle Acker, — the father of her daughter — was serving an 18-month sentence in Maine for cocaine trafficking.

Young said Petelis lured her to the apartment “and was setting up her final demise.”

“If he can do this to his friend and woman he vowed to protect, what could he do to anyone else?” Young said in arguing for a $250,000 bond.

Dittmeyer’s daughter is being cared for by her grandmother.

Superior Court Judge Robert C. Varney cited the “heinous nature of the crime” in holding Papile without bond. He scheduled probable cause hearings for all three May 19.

Young said the Dittmeyer family learned of the arrests and allegations just hours before Wednesday’s arraignments and said they were “pretty distressed.” She conveyed the family’s requests that media not contact them.

Dittmeyer’s mother, LaNell Shackley, sat in court with other family members and friends, her body visibly shaking and heaving as each of the defendants were brought into court.

Young would not say whether Dittmeyer was weighted down or otherwise held under the water. The complaint against Papile states that he showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life by suffocating and/or drowning her.”

The prosecutor also would not comment on the type of drugs involved or the amount of cash and drugs allegedly taken from Dittmeyer.

Young said the investigation was ongoing, and she did not rule out additional charges.

Dittmeyer grew up in Bridgton, Maine, about 25 miles from Conway. She moved to Portland shortly after her 2008 high school graduation and had been working as a waitress at a South Portland restaurant, a relative said.

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