Appeal in Amity triple murder conviction set for Sept. 9

Posted Aug. 13, 2013, at 8:24 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — On Sept. 9, Maine’s highest court will hear an appeal in the conviction of a 23-year-old man sentenced last June to three life terms in prison for killing three people in a rural home in Amity in June 2010.

Attorneys for Thayne Ormsby say his Miranda rights were denied and that they were denied a change of venue before the case was heard in southern Aroostook County, where the murders took place. They seek to overturn his conviction.

Oral arguments before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court are set for 2:40 p.m. Sept. 9.

Ormsby was convicted on April 13, 2012, in the stabbing deaths of Jeffrey Ryan, 55, Ryan’s son Jesse, 10, and Ryan family friend Jason Dehahn, 30, all of Amity.

The three victims were found dead on June 22, 2010, a day after the killings were committed at the elder Ryan’s home on U.S. Route 1 in Amity, according to police. All three died of multiple stab wounds.