Police determine sex offender’s death a homicide

State police searched several rooms at the River's Edge Motel in Medway on Tuesday in connection with the death of 68-year-old Lawrence Lewis, who was found dead at his home at his Macwahoc Road home in Molunkus on Monday.
State police searched several rooms at the River's Edge Motel in Medway on Tuesday in connection with the death of 68-year-old Lawrence Lewis, who was found dead at his home at his Macwahoc Road home in Molunkus on Monday.
Posted March 13, 2013, at 10:18 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2013, at 5:25 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The death of a convicted sex offender whose body was found in his Aroostook County home Monday night has been ruled a homicide, police announced Wednesday.

An autopsy on the body of Lawrence J. Lewis, 68, of Molunkus Township was conducted at the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. The cause of Lewis’s death was not released.

“Additional testing will be done before they arrive at a final conclusion,” McCausland said Wednesday afternoon.

Lewis’ body was found in his Macwahoc Road home while authorities were engaged in a standoff with Bruce King, 59, on Interstate 95 near Lincoln. That incident concluded with King fatally shooting himself in the head with a rifle.

McCausland said King told police during the standoff on the interstate that he was responsible for Lewis’ death and that Lewis’ body was inside the Molunkus home.

According to Bangor Daily News archives, Lewis is a lifelong registrant of the state’s sex offender registry. He was convicted in 1996 of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy who lived in the same household.

Police also have confirmed the identity of the woman driving the U-Haul truck in which King shot himself as 43-year-old Lynda Fogg of Mattawamkeag, King’s wife, McCausland said. She has also been known recently as Lynda Gordon, he said.

The U-Haul truck Fogg was driving, in which King was a passenger, was pulled over around 4 p.m. Monday near mile marker 225 in the southbound lanes of I-95. King held a .30-30 caliber rifle to his head during the standoff as police attempted to talk with him. Fogg left the vehicle.

McCausland said Fogg has been cooperative with police during numerous interviews.

King and Lewis have known each other for quite some time, the state police spokesman said, and Fogg and King had been married since March 1.

The couple had been staying with Lewis since last fall and moved out recently, staying at motels and with relatives, McCausland said.

King had several aliases, according to a background check done by the BDN through the Maine State Bureau of Identification. He was arrested on a felony burglary charge on May 14, 1981, and charged with escape seven days later. He was charged with theft by receiving stolen property in December 1999 and burglary in February 2003.

He was convicted of all four felony crimes and was sentenced to 18 months for the burglary, one year for the escape, three years for the theft and four years for the 2003 burglary, the background check shows.

Lewis’ background check report is 17 pages long. His first offense, a disorderly conduct, was recorded in October 1970 and resulted in a $500 fine. The next year he was arrested and convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, and shortly after his 30 days in the county jail, Lewis was arrested for aggravated assault, for which he served two years in prison.

A January 1974 armed robbery in Lewiston earned him a sentence of five years in prison, and a Waterville assault arrest in March 1988 sent him to the county lockup for 364 days.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct in May 1992 followed by a December 1992 arrest for gross sexual assault. The trial took place four years later.

Lewis was convicted in September 1996 of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with the child and sentenced to 14 years in prison with five years suspended and six years of probation after he was released.

Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney John Pluto, who was the prosecutor in Lewis’ 1996 trial on gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact charges involving a 9-year-old boy who was living in Lewis’ household, recalled Tuesday that the sexual abuse occurred “over a space of time” while Lewis was residing with a girlfriend in Fort Kent.

BDN reporters Nick Sambides Jr., Nok-Noi Ricker, and Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained errors. A photo caption on an earlier version incorrectly stated the road Lewis lived on. It was Macwahoc Road, not Molunkus Road. Also, Molunkus Township is in Aroostook County, not Penobscot County as originally reported.

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