Judge allows Camden man accused of pushing wife off cliff to take a Midwestern vacation

Posted May 25, 2011, at 10:07 a.m.
Last modified May 25, 2011, at 3:21 p.m.
Charles R. Black of Camden
Courtesy of Knox County Jail | Knox County Jail
Charles R. Black of Camden

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man accused of pushing his wife off a Camden cliff will be allowed to take a vacation, a superior court justice decided Wednesday morning.

Charles Black of Camden is free on $240,000 bail that includes the condition he not leave Maine without a justice’s permission. In requesting that permission, Black’s attorney said Wednesday that his client’s family is having a reunion in Nebraska the week of June 12.

After a Maine Pretrial Services worker said he was not worried about Black running away, Knox County Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm allowed the vacation, despite an objection from the District Attorney’s Office.

During the Wednesday, May 25, court hearing, the state said the police investigation continues into the April 7 incident when Black’s wife, Lisa, told police he smashed her head with a rock three times while they were on a hike, dragged her to the edge of Maiden Cliff on Mount Megunticook and pushed her over. The District Attorney’s office has not received the majority of investigation material, assistant district attorney Chris Fernald said Wednesday.

Hjelm nevertheless granted Black’s request.

Black’s case is expected to be presented to the Knox County Grand Jury in July. He is charged with aggravated assault. Black’s next court date is July 27.

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