AUGUSTA — A hospital on Monday handed over medical records concerning Justin G. Pillsbury’s treatment at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta immediately after the homicide of Jillian T. Jones.
Justice Thomas Warren accepted the records from attorney Marcie Alexander, who represented the hospital.
The records were in a sealed white envelope, and Warren said he will impound them and turn them over to Justice Michaela Murphy, who is presiding over the case where Pillsbury, 39, is charged with murder in the Nov. 13 stabbing death of Jones, 24, his girlfriend.
Pillsbury and Jones shared an apartment on Crosby Street in Augusta with Michael St. Pierre, who told police he returned home that night to find blood all over the apartment, Jones’ body in the bathroom and Pillsbury trying to kill himself by stabbing himself in the neck with a knife with a dull blade.
An affidavit by Maine State Police Detective Chris Tremblay, which was filed in court, says Pillsbury told St. Pierre he “screwed up” and wanted to kill himself.
St. Pierre told police he sharpened the knife for Pillsbury, and Pillsbury tried again to stab himself in the neck.
Interviews with neighbors and others indicated Pillsbury was angry because Jones had talked to another man on the phone.
Pillsbury was taken to the Augusta hospital and arrested after he was treated.
Warren presided over the brief hearing Monday morning, saying he understood defense attorney James T. Lawley sought to quash the subpoena as well as to limit the use of any of those medical records at a trial.
Warren ordered the records produced so Murphy could review them before she decided whether to release any or all of them to the state.
The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Deborah Cashman, said the state is interested only in “a very discrete period of time” related to the homicide of Jones, Nov. 13-15.
Lawley told Warren, “We don’t even know what the state is asking for.”
Cashman said the state filed a relatively complete complaint in the case. “It illustrates why the state is seeking the records.”
Lawley also told the judge that defenses involving abnormal condition of mind or not criminally responsible were not anticipated at this stage of the proceedings.
Pillsbury watched the hearing from a seat in the jury box in the small courtroom in Kennebec County Superior Court. He did not speak during the session although his attorney talked to him.
Jones’ parents sat with the victim/witness advocate in the back of the courtroom. Jones’ mother did not want to make any comment as they left the hearing.