Convicted murderer indicted on new charges in death of fellow inmate

Posted April 11, 2012, at 6:18 p.m.
Last modified April 11, 2012, at 7 p.m.
Franklin A. Higgins
Miller Pearsall | BDN
Franklin A. Higgins

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 49-year-old Maine State Prison inmate, who is serving a 45-year sentence for killing a Kenduskeag woman in 1999, has been indicted again in connection with the death of another prisoner.

Franklin Higgins was indicted Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court for two counts of aggravated attempted murder in connection with the May 2011 beating death of Lloyd Millett.

Higgins had been indicted in October for murder in connection with Millett’s death, but Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said at a hearing last month that an autopsy showed there may have been another contributing cause to Millett’s death and so the revised indictment would be sought.

The new indictment issued Wednesday by a Knox County grand jury states that Higgins struck Millett in the head with a pipe clamp and that was a substantial step toward committing murder.

Millett, 51, died June 7 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after being assaulted May 24 at the prison, according to police at the time of the death.

Higgins remains at the state prison where he is serving a 45-year prison sentence for the 1999 killing of Katherine Poor inside her Kenduskeag home. Millett was in prison for killing two women in 1995 — Terrie Lizotte, 39, of Canton and Rachelle Anne Williams, 33, of Gorham, N.H.

Higgins pleaded not guilty to the original murder indictment.

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