As a result of being shot, Diem Lapierre said that she lost her left eye and still has two bullets lodged in her brain.
When asked by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese about how well she remembered the events of Dec. 19, 2017, Diem Lapierre replied: “I remember everything that happened to me and my family. I will never forget the rest of my life.”
Under cross-examination, Diem Lapierre maintained that she had no memory lapses. She disputed a hospital report that said she suffered from short-term memory loss, saying it was the result of a language barrier. She did not have an interpreter when she was interviewed by the occupational therapist who wrote the report, she told jurors.
Diem Lapierre testified that she met her husband in 2004 in Vietnam through an aunt, who owned a restaurant in northern Penobscot County. They became engaged and married in November 2006. She became an American citizen in 2011.
Locklear testified that she met Murray when in North Carolina when he was working at a casino and she applied for a job there. She introduced Murray to her father, and they became friends.
On Dec. 16 or 17, 2017, her father insisted she drive him to Maine, she told the jury Tuesday.
“He said he needed to get $10,000 buried in the basement of his house up there,” she said.
Alexis Locklear said she and Murray helped search the house but did not find the cash. That evening, her father asked to borrow her car to buy some marijuana from a man he used to work for.
After the robbery, the trio returned to North Carolina, where they were later arrested. She told jurors Tuesday that she never asked Murray or her father about the robbery.
Her cross-examination is to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The case is expected to go to the jury Friday.
Locklear’s plea agreement with the Maine attorney general’s office calls for a charge of felony murder to be dropped and for her to be sentenced to time served. Described by the judge as an accomplice, she is expected to be sentenced within a few months.
Earlier this month, Tony Locklear
pleaded guilty to the same charges on which Murray is being tried. He does not have a plea deal with prosecutors. He also faces murder and first-degree kidnapping charges from December 2017 in North Carolina — about two weeks before the home invasion in Millinocket.
The Locklears and Murray have been held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail since their arrests.
The penalty for murder in Maine is 25 years to life in prison. The penalty for Class A robbery is up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.