A suspect sought in connection with a fatal shooting in Bangor on Easter was arrested Sunday in Ohio during a traffic stop, according to Bangor police.
Antoinne “Prince” Bethea, 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, was wanted for allegedly shooting Terrance Durel Sr., 36, of New Orleans, on April 16 outside the home the suspect shared with Durel’s estranged wife.
Bethea was a passenger in a car stopped Sunday in Euclid, Ohio, which is about 15 miles northeast of Cleveland on Lake Erie.
The vehicle was stopped for an obstructed rear license plate and window tinting that was too dark at 9:04 p.m. Sunday, Bangor police Detective Sgt. Brent Beaulieu said Monday afternoon in an email.
Bethea is being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail in Euclid, according to Timothy Feeley, spokesman for the Maine attorney general’s office, which is responsible for prosecuting homicide cases in Maine. Bethea was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Because he has not been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury, Bethea is not expected to be asked to enter pleas until he is returned to Bangor.
Bethea could be indicted on Wednesday in Bangor, when the grand jury next convenes.
It wasn’t clear how long it will take to bring Bethea back to Maine, Beaulieu said.
In previous cases, defendants arrested in other states who have waived extradition have been returned to Maine within a month. If Bethea fights extradition, it could take up to a year for that court process to be completed.
Bethea, who fled Maine after the shooting, was arrested on a warrant for murder and being a fugitive from justice, police said.
“We appreciate all of the assistance provided by the Euclid Police Department,” Bangor Police Chief said Monday afternoon.
Durel was shot near 125 Ohio St. shortly after 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
The shooting stemmed from an argument, according to 43-year-old Danielle Durel of Bangor, the victim’s estranged wife.
The victim, who used to live in Brewer, was at the house to get their son’s “Easter outfit” when the argument began, Danielle Durel said last month. She was inside helping the 8-year-old boy change clothes when she heard three gunshots, she said. She ran out of the house, saw Prince and a friend of Terrence’s she identified only as “Primo” wrestling on the ground and tried to break up the scuffle, she said.
“I still didn’t see any gun,” Danielle Durel said.
That’s when she noticed her husband was bleeding from his stomach and leg, she said. She drove him to the Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he died later that day.
A Maine native, Danielle Durel said she separated from her husband in December 2015. She said he was physically abusive but could be charming. He had a drug problem and a mercurial personality, she said.
Efforts Monday to reach Danielle Durel were unsuccessful.
Lincoln resident Cindy McVicar was arrested April 21 for allegedly interfering with the capture of Bethea.
McVicar was charged with a felony because she “misled officers” about driving Bethea to Portland after the shooting, as well as her whereabouts once there, Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said.
Her bail was set at $30,000 and she remained in jail Monday, a Penobscot County Jail official said.
If convicted of murder, Bethea would face 25 years to life in prison.