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Man accused in beating death of Hudson contractor makes initial court appearance

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 10:35 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 18, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.
Ruth Trask, wife of David Task, displays a photograph of her late husband outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, November 18, 2011.
Ruth Trask, wife of David Task, displays a photograph of her late husband outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, November 18, 2011. Buy Photo
A picture of homicide victim David Trask is held by his wife, Ruth Trask, as she addresses the media outside the Penobscot County Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, November 18, 2011.
A picture of homicide victim David Trask is held by his wife, Ruth Trask, as she addresses the media outside the Penobscot County Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, November 18, 2011. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson took the family of Hudson resident David Trask, a general contractor who was found dead near his pickup truck in Bradford last week, into a separate courtroom Friday morning after the man accused of killing him made his initial appearance in court.

Benson said he wanted to go over the state police affidavit that explains how Trask was killed by Bradford resident Peter Robinson, 48.

Trask’s beaten body was found on Bear Road in Bradford on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 12, near where Robinson lives.

Robinson was charged with intentional or knowing murder and depraved indifference murder on Thursday and made his initial court appearance Friday in front of Superior Court Justice William Anderson.

Robinson and Trask, 71, reportedly got into a fight on Saturday and Robinson beat him to death, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

“The State Medical Examiner’s Office said Trask died from blunt head injuries and they ruled the death a homicide,” McCausland said in a statement.

Anderson said in court that he had reviewed the affidavit and deemed there was probable cause for the charge against Robinson. He ordered the defendant held without bail pending a bail hearing.

Benson said he planned to present the case to the Penobscot County grand jury.

Trask was the owner of David P. Trask & Son Inc. of Hudson, where his son is the foreman.

Robinson runs a local garage and detectives said the two men knew each other.

Ruth Trask, David Trask’s wife of 52 years, his son and about 30 other relatives and friends were in the courtroom Friday. A few were in tears even before court began. Trask’s son could be seen holding a red Trask company baseball cap.

As family and friends left the the courtroom after being briefed about the deadly encounter that led to Trask’s death, his son, also named David, and his wife walked slowly with a framed picture of their loved one smiling warmly at the camera.

“I wanted you to have a picture of my husband,” Ruth Trask said simply. “I have to go now and bury my husband.”

“My father was a very good man who would have helped [anybody],” his son said as he led his family members away.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth, with the Rev. Garnett Chute officiating, according to his obituary.

The affidavit containing details about Trask’s death was impounded Friday morning.

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