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Police arrest Maine State Prison inmate in fatal beating of fellow prisoner

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 4:14 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 07, 2011, at 6:27 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — One convicted murderer killed another in prison, according to the Maine State Police.

On Friday, police charged Frank Higgins, 49, with the murder of Lloyd Millett.

Millett was assaulted in prison on May 24 and died June 7 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after being hospitalized for his undisclosed injuries. The Maine Medical Examiner’s autopsy report has not been released.

Police previously have not said who was involved in the beating but announced late Friday afternoon that Higgins was charged that day at the prison with murder in connection with Millett’s death.

Higgins is serving a 45-year sentence for the 1999 killing of a woman inside her Kenduskeag home. Millett was incarcerated for killing two women in 1995, one in Lewiston and the other in Turner.

The Knox County grand jury indicted Higgins on the prison murder charge on Wednesday, but the indictment was kept secret until Friday when it was announced in a press release issued by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Higgins will make his first court appearance on the new charge next week in Knox County Superior Court. Until then, he’s going to have to stay put in prison, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Department of Corrections Associate Commissioner Jody Breton would not discuss Friday whether Higgins would be moved into a higher security level or where he might be held within the prison system.

Millett, 51, of Rumford was convicted in 1997 of killing two women over the course of a weekend in November 1995 while he was working as a farmhand in Turner. According to Bangor Daily News archives, the victims were Terrie Lizotte, 39, of Canton and Rachelle Anne Williams, 33, of Gorham, N.H.

Millett met Lizotte at a Turner nightclub on Nov. 3, 1995. He took her home and had consensual sex with her before killing her, according to the BDN accounts of the case. Lizotte’s body was found by Millett’s ex-girlfriend, who recently had moved out of his home but returned to retrieve her belongings.

Millett’s other victim, Williams, was found dead Nov. 6, 1995, in a field near the Ramada Inn in Lewiston, where she had been attending a business meeting. She last was seen alive in a hotel lounge but disappeared after she left to go to a restroom and never returned. Williams’ raped and strangled body was found the next day.

Higgins was convicted in 2001 for stabbing to death 40-year-old Katherine Poor of Kenduskeag in her Route 15 apartment. Police connected Higgins’ DNA to the crime scene and arrested him.

He told police that he visited Poor’s apartment with the intent of having sex but was unable to perform because he was tired and had drank a six-pack. Higgins said Poor initiated the struggle with him and that she came after him with a knife because she was angry that he wouldn’t spend the night. This, he said, instigated the fatal stabbing.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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