September 16, 2013

Police: Slain Maine man used baby monitor to spy on wife

By David Hench
Staff Writer

CORNITH – A man who allegedly used a baby monitor to bug his estranged wife’s house, then listened in from a nearby cornfield, was choked to death Sunday, the state's medical examiner has ruled.

Christopher Darner, 37, of Corinth, was apparently choked by another man who was at the house during a confrontation there at 2:30 a.m., police said

Kirt Damon Jr., 24, of Searsport is recovering from stab wounds to the neck and abdomen suffered during the confrontation.

Zachary Joseph, 21, of Belfast, told police he saw Darner stab Damon and went to Damon's aid, putting Darner in a choke hold, police said.

Joseph and Darner’s estranged wife, Miranda Darner, were not injured, police said.

Miranda Darner had obtained a protection-from-abuse order against her estranged husband.

Nevertheless, he entered the house Saturday and rigged baby-monitoring equipment so he could watch and hear the people inside, police said.

He went back in Sunday morning, and that's when the confrontation occurred.

No one has been charged in the death, which has been ruled a homicide.

Police are considering self-defense or defense of a third person as possible motivations for the Joseph’s actions, police said.

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