BANGOR, Maine — A key witness who appeared to violate terms of her bail agreement after testifying earlier this month in the triple murder trial that culminated in the conviction of two men on Wednesday is not being sought by police.
Katelyn Lugdon, 19, formerly of Bangor, was last seen in court on May 12. She is the sister of murder victim Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, and she was the girlfriend of murder victim Dan Borders, 26, of Hermon, who were killed along with Lucas Tuscano, 28, of Bradford in August 2012.
“There is no active warrant on her, so there is no active search for her,” Sgt. Tim Cotton of the Bangor Police Department said Thursday, when asked if police knew her whereabouts.
Lugdon was arrested in Massachusetts on April 29 after she did not appear in Bangor for a pretrial interview with prosecutors when subpoenaed.
She was held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $25,000 cash bail until she testified. After taking the stand May 6, Lugdon was released from jail on personal recognizance bail under the supervision of Volunteers of America.
She was subject to recall, but was never recalled in the monthlong trial. The jury did request to review her testimony during deliberations.
Conditions of her release included that she not use drugs and be tested for their use; that she reside at the Shaw House, a homeless shelter for teens in Bangor; that she abide by a curfew and check with her VOA case manager each evening.
Lugdon was arrested for violating her bail conditions on May 9 when she failed a drug test, but was later released, and the following Monday, Superior Court Justice William Anderson, who presided over the trial, threatened to hold Lugdon in jail for the rest of the trial without bail if she violated her bail conditions again. The brief May 12 court appearance was the last time she was seen in court.
Lugdon is to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center in June on the bail violation charge. If she fails to appear, it’s likely a warrant would be issued for her arrest.
Cotton said he doesn’t know where Lugdon is, but he presumes she has returned to where she was living out of state.
The three victims all are survived by children. Their bodies were discovered by firefighters after they extinguished a car fire early on Aug. 13, 2012.
Randall Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was the gunman according to testimony provided by co-defendant Nicholas Sexton, and he was convicted of three counts of murder and arson.
Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was convicted of arson but only one murder count — the death of Lugdon, who he testified was his lover. The jury was deadlocked on the two other murder charges.
Lugdon testified that she saw Daluz and Sexton with drugs and weapons the day before the charred bodies of her sister, boyfriend and Tuscano were found in the burned out car that was rented by Sexton.