The trial of a Steuben man accused of killing a dog owned by a Winter Harbor fisherman started Thursday in an Ellsworth courtroom.
Justin Chipman, 24, is one of two men charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and other charges in connection with the death of Franky, a pug owned by Phil Torrey, who had employed Chipman as a sternman on his lobster boat. The other defendant, Nathan Burke, 38, of Hancock also worked as a sternman for Torrey and is expected to be tried separately.
Each of the men is charged with burglary, two counts of theft, aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Justice Robert Murray is presiding over Chipman’s bench trial and, because there is no jury in the proceeding, will decide whether Chipman is guilty. Testimony in the bench trial is expected to wrap up Thursday afternoon.
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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