BANGOR, Maine — Richard Jeskey, 53, was found naked and bloody in his bathtub, having been beaten and strangled by his wife in a fit of jealousy, according to Bangor police.
Roxanne M. Jeskey, 48, was charged Wednesday with intentional or knowing murder. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday morning.
When Bangor police went to the couple’s Ohio Street apartment on June 13, Richard Jeskey’s body showed signs of trauma to his groin, upper torso, face and head, according to a police affidavit filed Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. The results of an autopsy conducted June 14 at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta showed that Richard Jeskey suffered extensive multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to the head, neck, torso, and limbs.
“These included nose fractures, loss of an eye, rib fractures, rectal incised wounds, and internal hemmorhage from an instrument(s) pushed through his scrotum into his abdomen,” Bangor police Detective David Bushey wrote in the affidavit. “Further, Mr. Jeskey was strangled with sufficient force to break the hyoid bone of his neck.”
The hyoid bone is the bone at the top of the neck under the chin.
Jeskey admitted that she and her husband had a fight the night of June 12 into the early morning hours of June 13 because of a phone call between Richard Jeskey and his ex-girlfriend, according to the affidavit. About two hours after she called police at 8:29 a.m. June 13, Jeskey admitted that she assaulted her husband “with various weapons including pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat,” the affidavit said.
“Roxanne went on to describe using pliers to cause injury to Richard’s genitals and recalled that Richard remained seated in the bathtub and made a statement concerning the fact that she had hurt him,” Bushey wrote in the affidavit. “Roxanne explained that she had told Richard, in essence, ‘now he knew how she felt.’”
Roxanne Jeskey told police that when she left the bathroom, Richard Jeskey was in the tub, but she said that he fell down several time while inside the bathroom and struck his head at least seven different times from falling. She took a nap on the couch in the living room but did not take her sleep aid medication because she wanted to be able to hear if Richard called for help from inside the bathroom, according to the affidavit.
Dr. Michael Ferenc, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, found the manner of Richard Jeskey’s death was homicide. The cause of death is pending studies to determine toxicology, according to the affidavit.
Neither Jeskey ever was issued a protection from abuse or protection from harassment order in Maine, according the Penobscot County court clerk’s office.
Jeskey is not expected to enter a plea until after she is indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. The grand jury will convene Wednesday, June 29.
If convicted of murder, Jeskey faces a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum sentence of life.
A celebration of Richard Jeskey’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer. He was a 1976 graduate of Brewer High School, according to an obituary published in Friday’s Bangor Daily News. He served 16 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and was member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He worked as a truck driver for N.H. Bragg and CDS.