Suspect in Old Orchard Beach stabbing went ‘berserk’ after victim hit him, police say

Posted April 26, 2012, at 10:08 a.m.
Last modified April 26, 2012, at 12:02 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — Police say a man charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a longtime friend said he snapped after the victim hit and choked him outside an Old Orchard Beach bar.

Michael Swenson, 44, of Scarborough made his first court appearance Wednesday in York County Superior Court in Alfred on charges he killed Roger White, 49, outside the Whaler bar and hid his body under some mattresses outside a nearby apartment house. Swenson did not enter a plea.

A police affidavit says Swenson told a friend that White hit him on the head and choked him when they left the Whaler together after playing pool Friday night. The friend told investigators that Swenson said he went “ballistic” or “berserk” and stabbed White.

Swenson is being held without bail.