June 22, 2018
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Convicted Rockland murderer held without bail

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Rockland man convicted in the 1992 murder of a Warren man will be held without bail until a hearing next month after being arrested for violating his probation.

Earl A. Nash was arrested Sunday in Rockland after police initially responded to a call of a fight and possible attempted burglary near Rockland and Main streets. When officers arrived, Nash was found in the vicinity and was visibly under the influence of something, according to the police report filed in court.

Nash admitted to having shot up bath salts, according to the court papers. Nash also was found to be in possession of a knife and a syringe, according to the police report.

Nash has been arrested five times since being released on probation four years ago after serving about 14 years for felony murder and robbery in connection with the April 1992 death of 79-year-old Carroll Howard of Warren.

Nash was sentenced in 1996 to 20 years in prison with all but 16 years and 274 days suspended. He also was ordered to serve six years probation upon his release.

Nash did not speak during the hearing Friday afternoon before Judge Susan Sparaco in Rockland District Court. The attorney for the day, William Pagnano, asked that the bail issue be reviewed once Nash has been assigned his own attorney.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman represented the district attorney’s office at the hearing.

The next hearing for Nash on the possible revocation of his probation is scheduled for May 29.

The death of Howard initially was not considered a homicide, but later a suspect in another case alerted state police about what he had heard occurred at the home.

Nash was one of three people convicted in Howard’s death.

According to court testimony in the 1990s, Nash and the two other men had been on a drinking binge and ran out of liquor and money. They broke into Howard’s mobile home and demanded money. Nash punched the elderly man in the face. The trio then pulled the telephone out of the wall so that he could not call for help. Howard bled to death on the floor of his trailer.

The three got away with $5, a telephone and tools. They missed $1,300 in cash that was in Howard’s pocket.

Nash’s last probation violation occurred in May 2011 when he was arrested for a drug violation. He was sentenced in June to serve eight months of the previously suspended jail term for the drug violation.

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