November 27, 2012

Lawyers: Maine man killed for his pills

By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN – Prosecutors and the defense disagree about who killed Everett L. Cameron, but they do agree on one thing.

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Assistant Attorney General Don Macomber holds a bag filled with prescription drugs in his opening statement against defendant Robert Nelson, on trial in the death of Everett Cameron in Skowhegan Superior Court, on Monday.

David Leaming / Staff Photographer

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Murder defendant Robert Nelson, right, listens to opening statements in his trial in the death of Everett Cameron, on Monday in Somerset Superior Court in Skowhegan. At left is defense attorney John Alsop.

David Leaming / Staff Photographer

"Cameron was killed for his pills," said attorney Philip Mohlar, who is defending Robert Nelson, 41, of Norridgewock, who is charged with murdering Cameron in Anson on Oct. 31, 2009.

In his opening statement in Nelson's trial, Mohlar said Monday that Cameron was a drug dealer, selling oxycodone. He said Cameron's customers had access to him, and may have had the same motives for killing him that Nelson allegedly had -- addiction and debt.

Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber said Nelson was addicted to oxycodone and spending $300 to $400 a week on drugs in the fall of 2009.

Macomber said Nelson was high on drugs when he shot Cameron on Town Farm Road in Anson.

On Monday, Cameron's son, Everett J. Cameron Sr., testified that his father was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2002 and was prescribed pain medication. He encouraged his father to sell some of the oxycodone pills.

He said he helped his father arrange deals with people the family knew, but "there were people, at least one, he was selling to that I didn't know of."

Cameron said he didn't know that his father was selling to Nelson until the day of the shooting, when his father mentioned plans to meet Nelson.

The elder Cameron's fiancee, Virginia Hayden, testified that she knew Cameron had sold drugs to Nelson for at least a few months and knew of plans for the two of them to meet that day.

Hayden said she later found Cameron, shot in the face, when she passed his truck on her way home from running errands. She went home and called police.

State police Detective Mike Mitchell testified that police ruled out suicide because they did not find a gun in the truck. They did find an empty oxycodone prescription bottle.

Mitchell was one of two officers who interviewed Nelson that night. A recording of the first half of the interview was heard in court on Monday.

"I had nothing to do with Everett's death. He was a good man," Nelson said in the interview.

 

Morning Sentinel Staff Writer Rachel Ohm can be contacted at 612-2368 or at:

rohm@mainetoday.com

 

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