Murder trial witness accused of possessing PCP

Posted March 11, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — A witness in a high-profile murder trial has been charged with possession of the hallucinogenic drug PCP.

Maine drug agents on Thursday charged 67-year-old John Durfee and his 60-year-old wife, Nancy, of Alfred after finding the drug in their SUV during a stop on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery.

Durfee was a key witness in last fall’s murder trial of Jason Twardus, who was convicted Oct. 1 in the death of his ex-fiancee, Kelly Gorham. During the trial, Twardus’ attorney suggested Durfee — who was Gorham’s landlord — should be considered an alternative suspect in Gorham’s death.

Officials say Durfee also was charged Thursday with drug importation and violating conditions of bail in connection with his arrest last October after leading police on a car chase.