Comments for: Attorney claims Winslow man charged in Waterville murder acted in self defense

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, at 3:23 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 10, 2012, at 7:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA | The Winslow man accused of fatally shooting a man outside a Waterville bar last week acted in self defense, his attorney stated during the man’s bail hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Matthew Partridge, 30, is charged with murder in connection with the death of …

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  • Anonymous

    Even more keeping it classy.

  • Rocky4

    He may just walk on this one.

    • Unless the punch went through glass, numbnuts here had his window rolled down. If he was really afraid for his life, his door would be locked
      and window up – and he could have just drove away. I don’t know all the
      circumstances obviously, though sounds a pretty weak defense.

      • Anonymous

        Right there with you. If this summarizes the guys entire legal argument for killing someone….he’s screwed.

      • Right, but once your nose is busted, driving away immediately is far more difficult, no? So, if unable to flee, because of being unable to see straight. He could be in fear that the guy would haul him out of the truck and continue assaulting him.

        IDK, but maybe the murder charge gets reduced to manslaughter? Doesn’t seem pre-meditated. To go from no criminal record to a murderer is quite the leap. Ahhh, alcohol!

        • More details this morning than last night…definitely doesn’t sound like 1st degree certainly.

          In any case, doesn’t sound like a wholesome citizen, though Smith’s not sounding like one either. If it was legitimate self defense, driving off doesn’t make for a good impression.

  • Anonymous

    So he got punched while trying to drive away…thats not life threatening unless you are unable to flee.

    Where are these “2 black eyes”? Did they give him some concealer for his mug shot?

    Punching someone in the face does not carry the death penalty here. Maybe Iran or Rwanda…not the US

    I assume that:

    Both drunk
    Both talking smack
    Shooter tries to get last word in before driving off
    Shooter gets punched
    Shooter, now angry that his last-word plan didn’t work out…shoots the victim.

    • County Escapee

      I’m not a fan of assumptions, But I’m going to assume that your’s are right on!

    • To be fair, black eyes always look a heIIuva lot worse the next few days after…though yeah…even if one gets punched while in the cab of a truck, they still have a massive advantage.

  • Anonymous

    The white guy got a $700,000 bail for a murder.
    Daniel Fortune, BLACK, got a $1,000,000 bail for a violent crime but no murder
    Same courthouse,

    Why the discrepancy?

    • Anonymous

      Why do you think ??

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, because if you’re in fear for your life (after allegedly getting punched) while sitting in your vehicle with your buddy- clearly the only thing you can do is shoot someone- not leave and call the police. And equally as clear is the only obvious place you can shoot someone…. in the face…..not in the shoulder, not in the leg, not in the arm…..only in the FACE……..R I G H T. And what do you do after shooting someone in the face ? Well then you drive off and drop your buddy off at his house and go on your merry way toward home until you are stopped by the police. I’m sure Mr. Partridge or his buddy didn’t have a cell phone between the two of them to call police and report the incident and that Mr. Partridge was just in a hurry to get home so he could call the police from there to make a report. I’m also sure he wasn’t attempting to flee the scene of a crime. Sounds legit to me.

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