Maine man convicted of murder seeking new trial

Posted May 11, 2011, at 4:41 a.m.
Last modified May 11, 2011, at 2:18 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Auburn man convicted of murder for fatally beating two men with a baseball bat is seeking a new trial.

Gary Gauthier Jr. is appealing a Superior Court ruling denying his claim that he received ineffective legal representation during his 2006 murder trial. His lawyer will present an oral argument Wednesday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Gauthier and Tommy Dyer were convicted of murdering James Vining and John Graffam, both of Auburn. The victims’ bodies were found by deer hunters in October 2005 in shallow graves near abandoned railroad tracks in Lewiston.

Gauthier was sentenced to 60 years, while Dyer received a 47-year sentence.

Investigators linked the defendants to the victims through DNA and blood found on clothing, a baseball bat, beer cans and cigarette butts.

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