September 19, 2017
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Man retracts confession in Sanford woman’s death, says he was protecting someone

ALFRED, Maine — Maine prosecutors say murder charges have been dismissed against a man who told police he killed a woman whose body was found in a Lebanon well, but now says he admitted the killing to protect another person.

Robert Copley Jr., 24, pleaded guilty in York County Superior Court Wednesday to the felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Copley was charged in December 2009 with killing Frances Moulton, 25, who disappeared five years ago. Her body was found in June 2009.

On Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese told the Portland Press Herald that Copley confessed twice to killing Moulton. But in May 2010, he told a detective he confessed to protect someone. Police haven’t released the name of the person Moulton said he was protecting.


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