BANGOR, Maine — After watching the man accused of killing her daughter plead not guilty to murder, kidnapping and sexual assault, the mother of slain Husson University student Brooke Locke on Monday appealed to the public to donate to the scholarship fund set up in the 21-year-old’s memory.
“It’s a difficult time for myself and my family,” Priscilla Locke of Auburn told reporters at the Penobscot Judicial Center, a few minutes after Zackery Mailloux was arraigned.
It is the first time Locke has spoken to reporters since her daughter’s death Nov. 18 in Bangor.
Mailloux, 21, of Bangor was indicted Nov. 27 by a Penobscot County grand jury in connection with Brooke Locke’s strangulation death in the Essex Street apartment they shared.
“I would like to take this moment to remind everyone that they can still donate to the Brooke Locke Scholarship Fund at Edward Little High School [in Auburn],” Priscilla Locke said. “My hope for the scholarship fund is that it’s my way and everyone’s way of supporting Brooke and remembering Brooke. She had so much love and she loved life. And she was a very smart girl.”
Locke asked to speak with reporters about the scholarship fund but declined to answer questions about her daughter, the circumstances surrounding the young woman’s death or the prosecution of the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing her.
Mailloux, dressed in a red jail-issued jumpsuit, his ankles shackled, calmly replied, “Not guilty” to all three charges in the courtroom.
Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered that Mailloux continue to be held without bail. He has been held without bail at either the Penobscot County Jail or the Maine Correctional Center in Windham since his arrest Nov. 18.
The judge also ordered that Mailloux undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial and suffers from any mental illnesses. He does not have a history of mental problems.
Mailloux told police that he suspected Locke, a student at Husson University, was seeing another man. Sometime after 7 a.m. Nov. 18, he discovered a text message on Locke’s phone that he said confirmed his suspicion, according to the court affidavit written by Bangor police Detective Tim Cotton.
Locke and Mailloux argued and he “manually strangled [her] to the point that he thought she was deceased,” according to the affidavit. “After a short time, Locke began to regain consciousness.”
He then bound Locke with wire cord and duct tape “for the entire morning,” the court document said. “During this incident, Locke admitted that she had been in another relationship.”
Locke had earlier told a sorority sister that she and Mailloux had broken up, according to a previous report.
Mailloux also told police that he had sexual intercourse with Locke while she was bound.
After another argument, Mailloux said he used a necktie to strangle Locke until she no longer resisted.
A photo of Locke’s naked body, bound and gagged with duct tape on the bed in the bedroom Mailloux said they shared, was found on Mailloux’s phone, the affidavit said.
Cotton said Mailloux was “extremely calm and showed no emotion” when police arrived at the apartment.
If convicted, Mailloux faces between 25 years and life in prison on the murder charge. Under Maine law, Mailloux would qualify for a life sentence if it is proven that he kidnapped and raped Locke as part of a scheme to kill her.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.
Contributions to the Brooke E. Locke Scholarship may be mailed to Edward Little High School, 77 Harris St., Auburn, Maine, 04210.