The first police officer to reach John D. Williams in the Norridgewock woods to end a three-day manhunt last April said the accused killer resisted giving his hands up for cuffs, making it necessary to strike him in the face.
The testimony of Glenn Lang came Thursday during the first day of a three-day hearing in Portland on whether Williams’ apparent confession to fatally shooting Somerset County sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole should be kept out of his trial.
Attorneys for Williams, 30, of Madison claim that Williams only made incriminating statements to police in the case because those who arrested him had previously “ beat and pummeled” him, and because of the effects of opioid withdrawal.
At the time of the killing, Lang served as supervisor for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and took part in the search for Williams.
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