Biddeford man indicted in deaths of 2 teens, wounding of third person

Posted Feb. 06, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 06, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.
Derrick Thompson (left) and Alivia Welch.
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Derrick Thompson (left) and Alivia Welch.

ALFRED, Maine — A Biddeford man accused of killing two people and wounding a third was indicted Tuesday by the York County grand jury, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.

James Earl Pak, 74, was indicted on two counts of intentional or knowing murder and one count each of attempted murder with the use of a firearm, elevated aggravated assault and burglary.

Neither an arraignment date nor a trial date has not been set.

He is being held without bail at the York County Jail.

Pak allegedly shot to death Derrick Thompson, 19, and Thompson’s girlfriend, Alivia Welch, 18, and wounded Thompson’s mother, 44-year-old Susan Johnson, on Dec. 29 in a landlord-tenant dispute.

The septuagenarian landlord was upset about problems with snow removal, late rent and parking, according to a previously published report. Biddeford police went to the apartment on Sokokis Road a short time before the shooting because Pak allegedly had threatened the trio. The officer left after Thompson said he did not think Pak would follow through on his threats.

Pak allegedly returned to the apartment at 17A Sokokis Road minutes later and opened fire, shooting each of his victims multiple times. Johnson called police at 6:54 p.m. to say she had been shot in the
back by Pak, according to the affidavit filed in York County Superior Court. Johnson and her uninjured 6-year-old son were evacuated from the residence. Thompson and Welch were declared dead at the scene.

At 7:02 p.m., Pak’s wife called police to say that her husband was walking around with a gun and threatening to kill himself, according to the affidavit. Pak allegedly confessed to the shootings.

A search of Pak’s residence revealed several guns, including a Smith and Wesson revolver with “red-brown stains and the hammer cocked back,” according to the affidavit.

The medical examiner ruled that both Thompson and Welch died from gunshot wounds to the chest, according to a previously published report.

If convicted, Pak faces between 25 years and life in prison.

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