BANGOR, Maine — While a jury was being selected in a triple murder trial in a second-floor courtroom of the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday, a key witness appeared before a judge on the first floor accused of refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.
Katelyn Lugdon, 19, formerly of Bangor, was arrested earlier this week in Saugus, Massachusetts, on a charge of failure to appear as a state’s witness. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to show up for pretrial interviews with prosecutors. She was taken to Bangor on Tuesday.
The charred bodies of her sister, Nicolle A. Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, and Katelyn’s boyfriend, Daniel T. Borders, 26, of Hermon, were found Aug. 13, 2013, in a Bangor parking lot. The body of Lucas A. Tuscano, 28, of Bradford also was in the car. All three had been shot, and the car was then set on fire. Investigators have described the slayings as a drug deal gone bad.
Nicholas Sexton, 33, of Warwick, R.I., and Randall “Ricky” Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Mass., have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and arson. Opening statements will be presented Thursday morning after 12 jurors and four alternates are selected from the jury pool of 49. Jury selection began Monday.
While jury selection was taking place Wednesday afternoon, District Court Judge Gregory Campbell set bail for Katelyn Lugdon at $25,000, but urged Assistant Attorney General Deb Cashman to call her to testify as early as possible. Cashman said Lugdon was scheduled to testify May 7 but could be called earlier next week.
Lugdon is being held at the Penobscot County Jail. She is not expected to post bail.
Cashman told Campbell that Lugdon was a key witness in the case because of her relationship with two of the three victims. She also was one of the last people to see the trio alive on the night of Aug. 12, 2012.
Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese said Wednesday as court adjourned for the day that no other warrants had been issued for the other 106 potential witnesses for the prosecution.
The trial is scheduled to last at least two weeks and could last up to four weeks, Superior Court Justice William Anderson told potential jurors Monday.
After opening statements Thursday, jurors will visit several locations in Bangor, including the parking lot off outer Hammond Street, where the report of a car fire led Bangor police to begin a triple homicide investigation. The jury also will drive by the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road, Carolina’s Bar & Grill under the Joshua Chamberlain bridge and a spot on the Penobscot River Bank at Boyd and Hancock streets, where guns and ammunition believed to be used in the crimes were found in March 2013.
If convicted of failure to appear as a state’s witness, Lugdon faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Sexton and Daluz each face between 25 years and life in prison if convicted. The men are being held without bail at separate facilities.