Conviction upheld in Maine sex game shooting

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 12:27 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s supreme court has rejected the appeal of a Skowhegan farmer who was convicted of killing another man during a drug-fueled sex game.

Malcolm Bruce Davidson’s attorney questioned the judge’s jury instructions and the sufficiency of the evidence to support a manslaughter conviction.

But the Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected both arguments and said Thursday that evidence was “more than sufficient” to support a conviction.

Davidson was accused of pointing a handgun at a man’s head during a sex act and then pulling the trigger. Prosecutors said Davidson didn’t check to see if a gun was loaded before Fred Wilson was fatally shot in his South Portland home. Davidson is serving a 10-year prison sentence.