Openings delayed in Jeskey trial so judge can tour apartment where man’s naked, bloody body found in bathtub

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, at 9:29 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 16, 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
Roxanne Jeskey sits in court in April during her competency hearing.
Roxanne Jeskey sits in court in April during her competency hearing.

BANGOR, Maine — Opening statements in the jury-waived murder trial of a local woman accused of brutally slaying her husband 2½ years ago were delayed Monday morning so the judge could tour the apartment where the crime allegedly took place.

Roxanne Jeskey, 50, of Bangor was charged with intentional or knowing murder and depraved indifference murder in the death of her husband, Richard Jeskey, 53, in their Ohio Street apartment. His naked and bloody body was found June 13, 2011. He was beaten and strangled, according to autopsy results.

She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Opening statements are expected to begin about 10 a.m. before Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter.

Last week, Hunter found Jeskey competent to stand trial following a two-day hearing. He was the second judge to find her competent in a year.

Jeskey’s appearance has changed dramatically since she first appeared in court in June 2011. She has lost a considerable amount of weight during her incarceration. In May, she looked dangerously thin but appeared last week to have gained a few pounds since then.

She faces between 25 years and life in prison if convicted of murder. If found not guilty by reason of insanity, she would be committed to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta until the staff deemed her no longer a danger to the community.

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