WALDOBORO, Maine — A man and a woman were charged Thursday afternoon with murder, attempted murder and burglary in connection with Sunday night’s stabbing attack that left Rachel Grindal dead and Tracey Neild in critical condition.
Police say Earl “Buddy” Bieler, 24, and Corina Durkee, 42, had been burglarizing Neild’s mobile home on Controversy Lane when Grindal, Neild and a third woman arrived in a van and interrupted them, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.
“It was a burglary,” McCausland said Thursday. “We are still looking into what they were looking for.”
During the attack, Grindal, 27, was stabbed to death while sitting in the driver’s seat of her van. Badly wounded, Neild, 32, apparently was left lying on the ground and the third woman, whom police have not named, escaped the van and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
Neild is continuing to recover from her injuries at a Lewiston hospital, McCausland said in a press release issued Thursday.
Bieler and Durkee live at the same address on Brooks Lane in Waldoboro. Waldoboro police questioned Bieler early Monday morning, and have held him since then at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset for violating bail conditions on an undisclosed charge.
Detectives took Durkee into custody Thursday afternoon at her home.
Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde said the arrests are “a relief.”
“I just feel good,” he said. “It’s a relief to us, and I’m sure it’s a relief to the community.”
Labombarde said police were familiar with Durkee and Bieler because both have criminal records.
Durkee, who previously was known as Corina Garceau, was arrested and charged with felony burglary in 2003 and misdemeanor theft last December.
Bieler’s criminal record stretches at least as far back as 2002. He’s been found guilty of assault, theft, trafficking in prison contraband, drug possession and domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal history document made available through the Maine State Bureau of Identification.
Bieler was charged Monday with violating conditions of release, theft and illegal possession of firearm or crossbow.
In an affidavit filed Wednesday by Detective Lance Mitchell of the Waldoboro Police Department, Bieler was arrested after allegedly trying to rob Goodnow’s Variety in Waldoboro on the night of the attack, the Lincoln County News reported Thursday. According to the affidavit, Bieler allegedly entered the store carrying a revolver and then tried to steal a “small bottle of liquor” from a shelf near the cash register,” the newspaper reported.
Labombarde confirmed that a state police crime dog found a revolver, glove, keys and a knife Monday at the homicide scene on Controversy Lane. According to Mitchell’s affidavit, Bieler admitted to owning the glove and that there is “probable cause” that the rest of the property was his, too, reported the Lincoln County News.
“We can’t release any details or information because it’s a murder investigation,” Labombarde said.
Bieler and Durkee are expected to make their first court appearances on the murder charge in a Wiscasset courtroom this afternoon, McCausland said.