Skowhegan man charged with manslaughter in connection with November fatal crash in Fairfield

Posted June 12, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Skowhegan man is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with a November head-on collision in Fairfield that claimed the life of a Starks man, officials said.

Mark Bussell, 37, had been indicted on May 1 by a grand jury on charges of manslaughter and aggravated OUI in a Fairfield accident that killed James Murphy, 67, of Starks, according to District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

Soon after Bussell was indicted, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody on Tuesday, according to Maloney.

Bussell is being held at the Somerset County Jail, where bail was set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety, Maloney said. Should he be released on bail, Bussell would not be allowed to possess drugs or alcohol and would have to submit to random searches and tests, Maloney added.

No court date has been set for Bussell, who faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class A manslaughter charge.

At the time of the crash, Murphy was heading southbound on Route 139 when Bussell’s pickup truck struck his Subaru, Fairfield police told the BDN in November.

According to Fairfield police, Bussell’s vehicle crossed the center line, and Murphy died at the scene.