April 11, 2013

Claim: Biddeford police failed to stop killing of teen

The parents of Derrick Thompson, 19, intend to sue because they say officers knew of threats but left before the shooting.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch

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In this December 2012 photo, James Pak and his attorney Joel Vincent.

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In addition to the two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Pak was indicted on one count of elevated aggravated assault and one count of burglary. He has pleaded not guilty.

His attorney in the criminal case, Joel Vincent, said Thursday that Pak must have a mental health examination before the case can proceed. No court dates have been set.

Court documents say that on the evening of the shootings, Pak waited for police to leave, got a gun, opened the door to the apartment and said he was going to shoot his tenants.

He shot Johnson first, then Thompson, then Welch, court documents say.

Two hours after Pak's arrest, his blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit to drive, according to police.

Police have not characterized Pak's demeanor or level of intoxication, or what he said to the officers after Thompson's initial 911 call.

Pak was arrested three hours after the shootings, and it's not clear whether he drank before the encounter.

Johnson filed a separate lawsuit in late January seeking at least $1 million in damages from Pak and his wife, Armit Pak, who co-own the house.

Her lawsuit alleges a history of disputes between Pak and Thompson and Johnson, dating to when Thompson and Johnson first rented the apartment.

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