Presque Isle man charged with murder remains in jail

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 25, 2012, at 12:35 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man arrested in July and charged with intentional or knowing murder in the death of a woman who had been missing for nearly 13 years remains in the Aroostook County Jail, having not made a court appearance since he initially appeared before a judge the day after his apprehension, more than five months ago.

George Jaime Sr., 75, was arrested on July 12 at The Star City Trading Post, the pawn shop he operated on Main Street in Presque Isle. He was charged in the death of Starlette Vining of Presque Isle, who was 38 years old at the time of her disappearance.

Vining last was seen alive in the fall of 1998 in the Presque Isle area.

Vining’s body has not been found.

A hearing to address bail for Jaime a week after his arrest was postponed and has not been rescheduled.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said late last week that the bail hearing, initially scheduled for July 18, is being continued “from week to week,” at the request of Jaime’s attorney, Alan Harding of Presque Isle, who represented Jaime at his initial court appearance.

At that Jaime, appeared via videoconference from the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton before Judge David Soucy, but did not enter a plea.

Vining and Jaime were in a relationship in 1998, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Jaime’s trading post is in a large apartment house at the corner of Main and State streets. Police began searching it on July 9.

According to Vining’s missing-person profile on the state police website, she last worked at Smythe’s IGA in Presque Isle. That store closed in July 2007. Described as a dependable employee, Vining suddenly stopped going to work in the fall of 1998 and never returned to pick up her last paycheck.

Vining’s former husband and her three now-adult children told police that they had last seen her in 1998.

Maine State Police Detective Josh Haines said that family members reported her missing in October 2006. The detective said the family was not close, and Vining tended to relocate often. She did not always keep in touch with her family, but she never was out of their lives for more than a few years at a time, he said.

Harding successfully argued for a judge to seal an affidavit and search warrant filed by Maine State Police, which has prevented details about the case from being released to the public. Few details have been released about what led police to Jaime.

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