July 10, 2013

Maine murder suspect's attorney: Evidence points to others

Anthony Pratt Jr. is accused of shooting his fiance in the neck, dumping her body at a Portland motel and fleeing to New York.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Anthony Pratt

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Margarita Fisenko Scott

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Evidence technicians found a pool of dried blood in the basement and a trail of blood leading to it from the living room, Vogel said. Someone had tried to wash away the blood before the renovations had started.

Police also found a bullet hole in a wall that had been filled with chewing gum. A DNA sample recovered from the gum and a piece of paper pressed against the gum matched Pratt's.

Vogel said a neighbor remembered seeing a man having trouble loading trash bags into the Trailblazer around 2 a.m.

Police say that when they searched the Jennings' new apartment in Portland, they found the .40-caliber handgun that was used to shoot Scott, as well as crack cocaine and cash.

Pratt's attorney, Cyr, said after the hearing that the state's case is implausible.

Nobody in the dense neighborhood reported hearing a gunshot, he said. And the Jenningses noted nothing amiss in their apartment when they returned, so Pratt would have had to shoot Scott, clean up the apartment, then dispose of the body by driving it to the motel two miles away. He then would have had to walk back and fall asleep with an infant in his arms before the Jenningses returned at 3 a.m.

Cyr also noted that people said they saw Scott after Nov. 11, when Pratt was in New York. Investigators say the people were mistaken about when they saw her.

Finally, Cyr said, Pratt's DNA was not on the gun but the Jenningses' was.

 

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