Arraignment scheduled for Bangor man accused of strangling girlfriend

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted June 13, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man accused of killing the woman he lived with is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

David Coon, 50, of Bangor, is expected to plead not guilty to a murder charge in connection with the strangling death of his live-in girlfriend, Sherry Clifford, 49, on May 3 at the couple’s Jefferson Street apartment.

Coon was indicted May 29 by the Penobscot County grand jury.

The state medical examiner determined Clifford’s death was caused by asphyxiation, according to a previously published report.

The affidavit in Coon’s case said that he told police that Clifford had “freaked out” and “attacked him.” He admitted that he “pinned Clifford to the floor and she told him that she could not breathe,” the document said. “Coon stated that Clifford died while pinned to the floor. Coon said that he had covered Clifford’s mouth with his hand to quiet her.”

Coon called 911 about 6:37 p.m. Friday, May 3 and said that “she OD’ed on … she drank herself to death,” the affidavit said. When police and Bangor rescue personnel arrived, Clifford was found dead on the floor of their apartment.

He is being held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail set last month at $100,000 cash or $500,000 in property.

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

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