BANGOR, Maine — The Orono man accused of inflicting what police in December called “life-threatening injuries” on his mother’s boyfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to attempted murder and two counts of elevated aggravated assault.
Dorian Christian Sky Guerin, aka Dorian Archer, 21, was indicted Feb. 26 on the charges by the Penobscot County grand jury.
Guerin has been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $100,000 bail since his arrest Dec. 8, the day of the incident. On Tuesday, Superior Court Justice Ann Murray ordered that his bail remain the same.
His mother and sister attended the hearing. The Bangor Daily News is not identifying them because they could be called as witnesses if Guerin goes to trial.
Guerin has undergone a psychological examination to determine if he is competent to stand trial and to determine his mental state at the time of the crime, his attorney Martha Harris of Bangor said after the arraignment. Harris said she has not received the reports yet but their content could determine whether her client changes his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity at a later date.
He is next due in court on May 12.
The 49-year-old victim suffered at least 30 stab wounds to the face, head and upper body, according to the affidavit prepared by Orono police Detective Sgt. Derek Dinsmore. The Bangor Daily News is not naming the man because he is the victim of a crime.
Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said after the arraignment that the victim still is recovering from his injuries.
“It will be a long recovery,” the prosecutor said. “Possibly, he never will be completely healed.”
Officers were called to 87 Park St. in Orono around 2 p.m. Dec. 8, and Officer Sarah Exley found the victim “lying on the floor in front of a doorway with a smaller male hovering above him with his arms raised and what appeared to be a knife in [his hands],” the affidavit said. Exley then said she saw Guerin stab the man on the floor.
Guerin was detained at gunpoint and handcuffed. He told police he thought his mother’s boyfriend was going to attack him, “so he had a knife and stabbed him with it,” the affidavit said. “He did not provide an explanation of why he had the impression that [the victim] was going to attack him.”
Guerin on Dec. 3 moved in with his mother and the victim, the affidavit said. He had been living at a homeless shelter in Skowhegan, his mother told police.
She told police that her son had been acting erratically since arriving in Orono. The woman told police that Guerin stared at her and made offhand comments about not being around much longer. He had been talking to her in rhyme as if he were rapping a song.
Guerin’s mother also said that her son did not like the fact that the victim drank but the two men had engaged in just one argument, over Guerin having his shoes on the couch. The victim and Guerin’s mother were in a three-year relationship at the time of the attack.
If convicted, Guerin faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on each of the charges.
Correction: The captions for the photos accompanying the story incorrectly stated the case involved a stabbing death. The victim suffered stab wounds but was not killed.