AUGUSTA, Maine — A Bangor woman found guilty of killing her boyfriend, but not criminally responsible, has been allowed supervised time in the community.
Gail Judd, 54, pleaded no contest to murder in March for the stabbing death of boyfriend, Michael Drouin, 47. Drouin was found dead in Judd’s Court Street apartment on Feb. 22, 2012. Judd was found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity and was committed to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
On Friday, Justice Michaela Murphy granted Judd’s request to leave Riverview and be in the community for up to four hours a day so long as she’s supervised, according to the Kennebec Journal.
Dr. William Nelson, a psychologist at Riverview said in court that Judd does not pose a risk to the community because she has severe cirrhosis of the liver, which renders her unable to breathe without supplemental oxygen. She also suffers from pneumonia, according to the Kennebec Journal.
During Judd’s sentencing in March, defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor presented evidence to Superior Court Justice William Anderson that Judd suffered from an abnormal condition of the mind when she stabbed Drouin because her liver is failing.
That condition, called hepatic encephalopathy, causes too much ammonia to be in her system, which in turn puts Judd into states of delirium, Silverstein said in March. He told the judge that Judd may have been in such a delirious state when she killed Drouin.
Judd told neighbors she stabbed Drouin in self-defense after he raped her, according to the affidavit filed following her arrest a few days after the stabbing.
After rendering his verdict, Anderson sentenced Judd to be confined to Riverview Psychiatric Center for an indefinite period of time.
“All the experts agreed and this outcome is consistent with what the facts revealed — that she was not in touch with reality at the time of the incident,” Silverstein said after the sentencing.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who prosecuted the case, did not oppose Silverstein’s motion that Judd was not criminally responsible for her actions.
BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.