Bangor woman pleads not guilty to stabbing boyfriend in the chest

Posted April 03, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 7:09 p.m.
Gail Judd made the plea of  &quotnot guilty" through her attorney Jeffrey Silverstein at her arraignment Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Bangor.
Gail Judd made the plea of "not guilty" through her attorney Jeffrey Silverstein at her arraignment Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Bangor.
Gail Judd made the plea of  &quotnot guilty" through her attorney Jeffrey Silverstein at her arraignment Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Bangor.
Gail Judd made the plea of "not guilty" through her attorney Jeffrey Silverstein at her arraignment Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the chest pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Gail Judd, 53, of Bangor was indicted March 28 by the Penobscot County grand jury for intentional or knowing murder.

Judd’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, entered the plea on her behalf. He also reserved the right to change the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity once a psychiatric evaluation has been completed.

On Tuesday, Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered that Judd continue to be held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail, where she has been since her arrest. She could request through Silverstein a bail hearing at any time, Anderson told her.

Dressed in a white sweater and teal-colored slacks, her legs shackled, Judd stood silently by Silverstein during the brief hearing.

Last month, Anderson ordered that she undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether there are other mental health issues that might affect her defense and to determine her competency to stand trial.

Judd allegedly stabbed Michael Drouin, 47, of Bangor on Feb. 22 in her Court Street apartment. She was charged with murder on Feb. 24.

Drouin was found dead at about 9:40 p.m. Feb. 22 on the bedroom floor of Judd’s apartment at 67 Court St. in Bangor, according to a police affidavit. He was shirtless, wearing boxer shorts with his pants around his ankles. A knife, which appeared to have blood on the blade, was found in the kitchen sink, the affidavit said. Judd also appeared to have blood on her hands.

She told neighbors she stabbed Drouin in self-defense after he raped her, according to the affidavit filed after her arrest.

Drouin died as a result of a “stabbing-type wound that penetrated his upper chest area to a depth of approximately two to two and one-half inches and resulted in significant internal bleeding,” the affidavit said.

The sentence for murder in Maine is 25 years to life in prison.

If convicted, Judd would be the second member of her family to be imprisoned for murder. Her brother Jeffrey Cookson, 47, formerly of Guilford, is serving two consecutive life sentences for the 199 execution-style shooting of his ex-girlfriend and the 21-month-old boy she was baby-sitting.

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