Jurors review evidence in crowbar murder trial

Posted April 02, 2013, at 9:49 a.m.
Last modified April 02, 2013, at 4 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Jurors in the murder trial of a Bradford man accused of beating a Hudson man to death with a large crowbar Tuesday morning had a 911 call and a video replayed after deliberating for about 20 minutes.

The jury of seven men and five women decided not to have reread Robinson’s entire testimony after learning it would take two hours for the court reporter to prepare it to be read back and about four hours to read it aloud in the courtroom. Jurors originally asked to hear the 911 call, view a video made by the defendant and for a full reading of his testimony.

Peter Robinson, 50, is accused of killing David P. Trask, 71, on Nov. 12, 2011, in an alleged dispute over a right of way.

Jurors deliberated Monday for about 2 hours and 20 minutes before informing Superior Court Justice William Anderson at 7:30 p.m. that they wanted to go home for the night. They resumed deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Robinson testified Thursday that he acted in self-defense. Robinson told the jury that he thought the cellphone holder on Trask’s belt was a holster with a gun in it and he feared Trask would shoot him. He told the jury that Trask came at him with a large crowbar when Robinson confronted him about leaving a chain gate down.

Robinson has been free on bail since just before Christmas 2011.

In addition to instructions on murder and self-defense, the judge told jurors they could convict Robinson of manslaughter if they found him not guilty of murder.

If convicted of murder, Robinson faces 25 years to life in prison. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 30 years.