AUGUSTA — Peter George Bathgate II used a walking cane to stab 47-year-old Paul A. Allen to death in a fit of jealousy and rage, court documents say.

Allen’s body was discovered Sunday — a day after his truck was found abandoned on Town Farm Road in Hallowell — and police soon began looking for Bathgate, 30, of Augusta.

Bathgate was arrested Tuesday after a standoff at a vacant apartment in Augusta and charged with Allen’s murder. He made his first appearance this morning in Kennebec County Superior Court, where a judge ordered him held without bail.

Justice Michaela Murphy advised Bathgate today that a conviction on the charge carries a minimum 25-year prison sentence and a maximum sentence of life without opportunity for release.

An affidavit filed in court by Maine State Police Detective Adam Kelley describes how investigators learned Allen was beginning a relationship with Jessica Jones, Bathgate’s girlfriend. Bathgate and Jones had a 3-year-old daughter together, the affidavit asserts.

Jones told investigators that Bathgate called Allen and arranged to meet him near Town Farm and Whitten roads in Hallowell early on Dec. 3.

Jones said she drove Bathgate there and he carried a walking cane when he got out of the vehicle.

She saw Allen’s truck pass her car, the affidavit says, and Bathgate later returned without the cane. Investigators found pieces of a broken walking cane near Allen’s body.

Then, Bathgate on Monday called Augusta Police Detective Vincente Morris, described Allen’s injuries as “two or three stab wounds to the back” and indicated Allen “was hit with his own truck.”

Bathgate told police he was jealous of the way Allen flirted with Jones — and indicated he knew what he had done.

Bathgate, who was wearing a orange, jail-issued uniform and jacket, said nothing in court Wednesday except to acknowledge he understood his rights.

He met briefly with his court-appointed attorney, J. Mitchell Flick, prior to the short hearing.

Peter George Bathgate II, left, made his first appearance with his his court-appointed attorney, J. Mitchell Flick this morning in Kennebec County Superior Court, where a judge ordered him held without bail.

 

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