BANGOR, Maine — The Enfield man who found the gun prosecutors said was used to kill three people told jurors Thursday afternoon how he discovered the weapon and other items mired in the muddy bank of the Penobscot River.
Glen A. Thibeault, 52, said he was using his metal detector in the late afternoon on March 25, 2013, at low tide to search for coins and other metal objects when he found something he never had found before — two guns. Thibeault said he was on the Bangor side of the river near the intersection of Hancock and Boyd streets.
One of the two guns Thibeault turned in to Bangor police that same day will be linked to bullets taken from the bodies of two of the three victims in the triple murder trial of Nicholas Sexton and Randall Daluz, Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese said last week in her opening statement. A firearms expert from the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory is scheduled to testify Friday.
Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Massachusetts, known by the nickname “Ricky” or “Money,” have been charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson in connection with the deaths. Investigators have described the slayings as a drug deal gone bad. Sexton and Daluz have pleaded not guilty.
The charred bodies of Nicolle A. Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; Daniel T. Borders, 26, of Hermon; and Lucas A. Tuscano, 28, of Bradford were found in a burning rental car on Aug. 13, 2012, at 22 Target Industrial Circle in Bangor.
Bullet fragments were recovered from the bodies of Lugdon and Borders, Dr. Michael Ferenc, the medical examiner who performed their autopsies, said last week. No bullets or fragments were recovered from Tuscano’s body, which was too badly burned to determine if he had been shot, Ferenc testified.
Thibeault said Thursday that he was enjoying his hobby of metal detecting when he found two guns, a handful of bullets and an inoperable cellphone in the same general area. He told jurors that he found the bullets first, buried in some mud, using the metal detector.
As he continued looking around, Thibeault testified that he saw the derringer about 6 feet from the bullets, in the water, sinking into the silt but not yet buried. He found a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol 6 or 7 feet from the derringer, also in the water. Thibeault said he found the cellphone about 70 feet from the guns.
“I assumed both the guns were stolen,” he told jurors. “I took them to the Bangor police station.”
On Thursday morning, Andy Morin-Smith, 25, of Bangor told jurors that he sold a .32-caliber derringer to Nicholas Sexton, whom he described as a “drinking buddy” that he met in Carolina’s Bar & Grill, under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge in Bangor, in 2010 or 2011. Morin-Smith said he sold the gun “two or three months before the homicides.”
Morin-Smith testified that he was with Sexton and Randall Daluz at Carolina’s between about 6 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2012. The witness described the atmosphere that night as “friendly.”
He told the jury of eight men and eight women, including four alternates, that he does not remember when he bought the derringer. He said that he paid $50 for it, bought it from an individual, and later found out it was defective. He said it would close once it was loaded but would not lock.
Katelyn Lugdon, 19, of Bangor testified Tuesday that she saw Sexton and Daluz on Aug. 11, 2012, with two guns in a Brewer motel room. She described one as being “small with two barrels.” Lugdon identified a photograph of the guns Thibeault found on the riverbank.
She is the sister of Nicolle Lugdon and was living with Borders.
The trial, which began with opening statements on May 1, is expected to take at least another two weeks.
Sexton and Daluz each face between 25 years and life in prison if convicted. The men are being held without bail at separate facilities.