Man charged with murder in Christmas slaying of Augusta couple

Posted Dec. 29, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 30, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine State Police, working with the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, arrested a New York man Tuesday afternoon in connection with the Christmas morning shooting deaths of an Augusta couple.

Charged with two counts of murder is David W. Marble Jr., 29, of Rochester, New York, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday evening in a news release.

Marble was arrested after a car he was a passenger in was stopped by Augusta police near the State Street rotary in Augusta, McCausland said. Marble was taken to the Maine State Police offices on Hospital Street for questioning and was charged there.

The charges stem from the deaths of Eric Williams, 35, and Bonnie Royer, 26, who were shot inside their SUV along Sanford Road in Manchester.

Detectives said the shootings were drug-related, McCausland said. Marble recently had been living in an apartment house at 28 Sewall St.

Williams and Royer lived together on Easy Street in Augusta, less than a mile from where the vehicle was found on the side of Sanford Road, McCausland said earlier. Sanford Road is a dirt road near a number of sand and gravel pits. There are no houses in the immediate area.

McCausland said one of the victims called 911 about 3:30 a.m. on Christmas.

The bodies were taken to the Maine medical examiner’s office for autopsies to be performed Saturday, McCausland said. The SUV was towed to the Maine State Police Crime Lab.

Earlier Tuesday, the Maine attorney general’s office authorized the arrest warrants for Marble, who was taken to the Kennebec County Jail. He is expected to make his first court appearance either Wednesday or Thursday in Augusta.

 

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