BANGOR, Maine — Two investigators with the state fire marshal’s office testified Monday morning about removing three bodies and other evidence from a burned rental car discovered o n Aug. 13, 2012, in the back parking lot of a business located at 22 Target Industrial Circle in Bangor.
Police have said the car with Rhode Island plates was rented by Nicholas Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, who along with Randall “Ricky” Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Massachusetts, is standing trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center for three counts of murder and one count of arson in a case prosecutors describe as a drug deal gone bad.
Fire investigators Ken MacMasters and Stu Jacobs took the stand and testified about examining and removing the charred bodies of Nicolle A. Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, Daniel T. Borders, 26, of Hermon and Lucas A. Tuscano, 28, of Bradford from the rental car and the discovery items inside, including a blue plastic material believed to be a melted container that held accelerant.
MacMasters found the completely blackened and burnt plastic in the back seat between Tuscano’s body and the door, and he removed it for further investigation, he testified.
“In my many, many years as a fire investigator … melted plastic containers look the same,” Jacobs, who has 31 years with the fire marshal’s office, said on the stand about the charred and melted plastic. “This one was different because it was blue.”
Forensic chemist Michele Fleury, who works for the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta, told the jury of eight women and eight men, including four alternates, that she found the compounds of diesel fuel on many, but not all the items, submitted to her for testing in the case, including the remnants of the blue plastic container.
Lugdon, Borders and Tuscano all had been shot to death and then burned, according to a former Maine medical examiner, who testified Friday. Toxicology tests showed that all three had ingested illegal drugs including cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone, the medical examiner testified. Lugdon also had heroin in her system.
Justice William Anderson sent the jury home at 1:50 p.m. in order to question witness Katelyn Lugdon, sister of victim Nicolle Lugdon and the girlfriend of Borders.
The trial began Thursday and could last for several weeks, with more than 100 people on the witness list.
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