State police make arrest in connection with Augusta stabbing death

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 5:49 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 15, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine State Police have charged an Augusta man with murder in connection with the stabbing death Wednesday night of his girlfriend.

Justin Pillsbury, 38, was taken into custody as he was being released from MaineGeneral hospital late Friday afternoon, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release issued shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday.

Pillsbury was at the hospital for treatment of self-inflicted stab wounds, McCausland said. Pillsbury was scheduled to be transported to the Kennebec County Jail Friday evening.

Pillsbury is expected to make an initial appearance in an Augusta courtroom on Monday or Tuesday of next week, McCausland said.

According to state police, Pillsbury’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Jillian Jones, was found dead shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday after police and a rescue team were summoned by a 911 call to the Crosby Street apartment the two shared. The caller was a friend of Pillsbury.

Pillsbury also was found at the scene, suffering from stab wounds that police believed were self-inflicted. He was brought to Maine General Hospital, where he remained until Friday.

In a news conference on Thursday, Detective Sgt. Jason Richards of the Maine State Police major crimes division said the couple were the only people in the apartment when police arrived.

An autopsy performed on Jones’ body Thursday by the state medical examiner’s office indicated that she died of stab wounds. Investigators have not said whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

Jones grew up in Bingham and was studying to be a beautician in Waterville, McCausland said Thursday. Pillsbury had lived in Augusta in recent years and was employed as a flagger at road construction sites.

Bangor Daily News writers Judy Harrison and Mario Moretto contributed to this report.

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