Bangor woman accused of killing husband sent from jail to Augusta psychiatric center

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted June 01, 2012, at 10:11 p.m.

BANGOR — A local woman accused of brutally slaying her husband last year has been moved from the Penobscot County Jail to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, according to jail personnel.

Roxanne M. Jeskey, 48, of Bangor was indicted in July by the Penobscot County grand jury for intentional or knowing murder in the death of her husband, Ri chard Jeskey, 53, in their Ohio Street apartment. His body was found naked and bloody on June 13, 2011, in the bathroom.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Jeskey has been held without bail since her arrest last summer 10 days after her husband’s death.

Police have said she beat and strangled him in an assault that included the use of pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat. Her attorneys, Joseph Baldacci and David Bate, both of Bangor, have said she acted in self-defense.

The defense team last year filed motions seeking a psychiatric evaluation. Jeskey most likely was moved to Riverview so she can be evaluated by a forensic psychiatrist for the state.

A competency hearing to determine if Jeskey is fit to stand trial is scheduled for June 29 before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray.

If Jeskey is found competent, a battered-spouse defense is expected when the trial convenes in late September at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Jeskey would face between 25 years and life in prison if found guilty of murder. If found not guilty by reason of insanity, she would be committed to Riverview until staff deemed her able to live in the community and not be a danger to herself or others.

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