March 1, 2013

Portland man pleads not guilty to raping, killing woman

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

ALFRED — A Portland man charged with raping and killing a woman at the Sunrise Motel in Saco last fall pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Friday.

Lebon Bruno entered the plea in York County Superior Court.

Bruno, 39, was arrested in Lewiston on Nov. 17, two weeks after the housekeeping staff at the Sunrise Motel found Elizabeth Williams, 55, of Portland, unconscious, bloodied and bruised.

Williams died a day later on Nov. 4 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The motel room where Williams was found was rented to Bruno and "red-brown staining" on Bruno's body and clothes contained DNA matching her blood and his, authorities said.

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