Conn. man charged with manslaughter in Turner egg farm shooting

Posted Oct. 09, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A Connecticut man faces a manslaughter charge stemming from the August shooting of a Lewiston man at a Turner egg farm.

An Androscoggin County Grand Jury handed up the indictment Wednesday for Michael Warbin, 44, of Franklin, Conn. on the Class A felony charge, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Warbin fatally shot Manuel Adame, 57, on Aug. 19 using a Smith and Wessen rifle equipped with a scope, according to the indictment.

A summons was issued with a court date.

The shooting occurred at Moark egg farm, formerly known as a farm owned by Jack DeCoster. Adame had been a worker at the farm for several years, police said.

A spokeswoman for the farm said Warbin was a pest control specialist, who had been hired to kill rodents and stray chickens at the farm with a .22-caliber rifle. Adame died from a gunshot wound to the chest and neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maine.

Following the shooting, Maine State Police interviewed Warbin, who was described as cooperative.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also investigated the shooting.

Adame’s relatives in Texas were notified of his death.

 

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