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Kennebec County DA won’t seek indictment of ‘North Pond Hermit’ yet

Carter McCall | BDN
Carter McCall | BDN
Christopher Knight appears with his lawyer for his arraignment hearing at the Kennebec County Superior Courthouse on Tuesday, April 16.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said on Wednesday that she will not ask the grand jury to indict Christopher Knight when it meets later this month.

Knight, 47, has been dubbed the ‘North Pond Hermit’ after claiming to have lived alone in the woods near North Pond in Rome for 27 years. He was arrested on April 4 after allegedly burglarizing the Pine Tree Camp in Rome.

Maloney said she was asked by Knight’s attorney, Walter McKee of Augusta, to not seek an indictment by the grand jury that will meet on May 29.

“We are not going to seek an indictment. We’re going to wait for the psychological evaluation to be completed and wait until the next grand jury,” Maloney said on Wednesday.

Maloney said a judge signed the evaluation order in Kennebec County Superior Court last week. The evaluation usually takes about a month, she said.

The grand jury will meet next in mid-July.

Knight is still being held at Kennebec County Jail on $25,000 bail. In mid-April, he was charged with Class C burglary and Class E theft by unauthorized taking or transfer — in addition to the original two charges of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Knight said he had committed more than 1,000 burglaries during his nearly three decades of living in the woods.

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