BANGOR, Maine — Family and friends of three people shot and killed in one of the city’s grisliest crimes wept quietly as the indictments charging two men with murder were read Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese gave her opening statement after a jury of eight men and eight women, including four alternates, was selected Thursday morning in the trial of Nicholas Sexton, 33, of Warwick, R.I., and Randall “Ricky” Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Mass. They have pleaded not guilty to killing three people and setting the car containing the bodies on fire in August 2012.
The charred bodies of Nicolle A. Lugdon, 24, of Eddington and Daniel T. Borders, 26, of Hermon, were found Aug. 13, 2012, in a Bangor parking lot. The body of Lucas A. Tuscano, 28, of Bradford also was found in the car. All three had been shot and then burned. Investigators have described the slayings as a drug deal gone bad.
Marchese said that all three victims used and sold drugs, including, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana. She said the night the three were killed, they had communicated with Sexton and Daluz about buying “some Perc 30s,” the street name for Percocet, a prescription drug containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. The victims ended up obtaining the drug from someone else.
“This is a case about the sale of drugs,” the prosecutor told jurors. “It is about loyalty and it is about money.”
Jurors are to be taken by bus to view sites in Bangor where the defendants and victims allegedly interacted after defense attorneys give their opening statements.
On Friday, Dr. Michael Ferenc, the medical examiner who performed the autopsies on the victims, is scheduled to take the stand. Ferenc now lives and works in Phoenix.
On Wednesday, a key witness appeared before a judge on the first floor of the Penobscot Judicial Center, accused of refusing to show up for a pretrial meeting Monday 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. She was taken to Bangor on Tuesday.
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 is the sister of Nicolle Lugdon and Borders’ girlfriend.
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.
Sites jurors will visit include the parking lot off outer Hammond Street, where the report of a car fire led Bangor police to begin the triple homicide investigation. The jury also will drive by the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road, Carolina’s Bar and Grill under the Joshua Chamberlain bridge, an apartment on Bowling Drive and a spot on the banks of the Penobscot River 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.
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