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Murder-suicide likely in deaths of Freeport father, son

Posted June 25, 2013, at 11:18 a.m.
Last modified June 25, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.
Officials on the scene remove one of two bodies from 53 Durham Road in Freeport Tuesday.
Officials on the scene remove one of two bodies from 53 Durham Road in Freeport Tuesday.
State and Freeport Police begin an investigation into the deaths of two men on Route 136 in Freeport Tuesday morning.
State and Freeport Police begin an investigation into the deaths of two men on Route 136 in Freeport Tuesday morning.

FREEPORT, Maine — A father and son were found dead inside a Durham Road home Tuesday morning, in what state police have said was a murder-suicide.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, confirmed to the BDN Tuesday afternoon the identities of John Dorrington, 66, and his son Nicholas Dorrington, 32.

McCausland said investigators recovered a .22 caliber handgun at the scene and believe that was the weapon used in the incident.

“All things point to a murder-suicide,” McCausland said. “We believe the father shot the son and then he shot himself.”

McCausland said Nicholas Dorrington was going through a divorce and had recently moved back in with his parents at the house.

He said John’s wife — Nicholas’ mother — discovered the bodies. He said investigators are still attempting to uncover a motive for the alleged crime.

“So far there’s nothing we have learned that would explain the violence,” McCausland said.

The state’s Major Crime Unit truck was on scene Tuesday as detectives wearing blue gloves and cloth footies over their shoes entered the two-story gray house across Route 136 from the Burr Cemetery. Five cars were parked in the driveway behind police tape.

On the other side of the road, relatives and neighbors hugged each other and wiped away tears as police came over intermittently to interview them. Reporters’ requests to talk to the family members were declined.

Jim Morrissey, of Beech Hill Road, which runs parallel to the side of the home, said he didn’t hear anything this morning and that he didn’t know the residents, but would see them outside as he drove by on Durham Road.

“I would see them out gardening. They did a lot of gardening,” he said. “There was always a lot of cars in the driveway.”

These deaths are the second and third domestic violence deaths in the area in the last few months.

Andrew Leighton, 46, is currently in Cumberland County Jail, charged with shooting his mother, Shirley Leighton, 68, on May 3, at the Falmouth home where they both lived.

According to a police affidavit, Leighton told investigators that he shot his mother as she tried to call Spring Harbor, a psychiatric hospital in Westbrook, to have him committed.

He is awaiting results of a mental competency evaluation.

Bangor Daily News writer Ryan McLaughlin and The Forecaster contributed to this report.

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