March 12, 2010

Belfast woman indicted in fatal shooting of husband

— The Associated Press

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This photo released by Waldo County Jail shows Amber Cummings, indicted Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in the fatal shooting of her husband at their home in Belfast, Maine, in December. After the shooting, authorities removed from the home radioactive material linked to her husband, but officials said there was never a public threat. (AP Photo/Waldo County Jail)

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This photo released by Waldo County Jail shows Amber Cummings, indicted Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in the fatal shooting of her husband at their home in Belfast, Maine, in December. After the shooting, authorities removed from the home radioactive material linked to her husband, but officials said there was never a public threat. (AP Photo/Waldo County Jail)

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BELFAST — A Belfast woman turned herself in Friday in the fatal shooting of her husband at their home, where police later removed radioactive material and instructions for building a ''dirty bomb.''

Amber Cummings, 31, was indicted on suspicion of murder Friday in the death of 29-year-old James Cummings, who was fatally shot in their home Dec. 9, Maine State Police said. The couple's 9-year-old daughter was home at the time. Amber Cummings' first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

The radioactive materials and bomb instructions, whose removal was detailed in a report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center, were linked to James Cummings. Authorities said there was never a public safety risk.

According to the report, Amber Cummings admitted to the shooting, citing years of abuse. At the time of the shooting, police were calling it a domestic violence homicide. Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday that court documents are sealed.

Eric Morse, the Rockland attorney for Amber Cummings, was away from his office Friday afternoon, according to a person who anwered the phone at his law firm.

The couple settled in Belfast in 2007 after buying a fixer-upper in a foreclosure sale for $153,900. Cummings, who said he had lived in California and Texas, boasted of receiving a $2 million inheritance, according to the report.

After the shooting, a pair of contractors who had done work for the couple described James Cummings' fascination with Hitler and guns. The home had a large swastika on the wall, and one contractor told the Bangor Daily News that Cummings boasted of having some of Hitler's silverware and place settings.

Cummings had possible ties to white supremacist groups, and his wife said he was bothered by the election of a black man as president, the report said.

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