November 14, 2012

Lewiston murder trial delayed by judge's accident

The Associated Press

AUBURN — The trial of Lewiston man charged with killing his neighbor has been delayed after the presiding judge was involved in a car crash.

Police say Justice MaryGay Kennedy was taken to the emergency room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with neck pain after the head-on crash Tuesday morning about a block from the courthouse.

Kennedy is presiding over the trial of 31-year-old Buddy Robinson, who has pleaded not guilty to beating and drowning 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire, who disappeared in July 2011. Her body has never been found. They lived in different units of the same building.

Police tell the Sun Journal another car crossed the centerline and collided with Kennedy's car. Kennedy then struck a parked car. The driver of the other vehicle did not require medical treatment.

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