PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld the murder conviction of an Anson man who fatally shot a man over drugs 4½ years ago.
The court did not issue an opinion but posted a one-page memorandum affirming the lower court decision. The justices heard oral arguments in the appeal April 7 at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Robert Lee Nelson, now 42, was sentenced in March to 45 years in prison following a jury-waived trial in December 2012. Then Superior Court Justice John Nivison found Nelson guilty of shooting Everett L. Cameron, 60, of North Anson to death as the victim sat in his pickup truck on Town Farm Road in North Anson on Oct. 31, 2009.
Nivision now is a U.S. magistrate judge in Bangor.
During the trial, the prosecution and defense agreed that Cameron was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2004 and had been selling 30-milligram oxycodone pills that were prescribed to him, according to a previously published report. Nelson occasionally bought pills from Cameron.
Nelson met with Cameron in order to buy more pills, according to a previously published report. Nelson had owed Cameron $35 from a previous pill purchase.
The judge said in announcing his verdict that Nelson told police, friends and family different stories about the events on the day of the murder, according to a previously published report.
Nelson faced between 25 years and life in prison.