September 4, 2013

Man who hit Biddeford cyclists back in jail after bail mistake

By David Hench
Staff Writer

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David Labonte stands with his attorney William Trafidlo during his initial appearance in the York County Superior Court in Alfred on Aug. 12, 2013. Labonte struck a family of three with his truck in Biddeford esulting in the death of the father. He is charged of manslaughter and drunken driving.

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"We send a paper commitment order (to the commissioner). In this particular case, as far as we can tell, a commitment order did not go over that would have identified no third-party bail. It was an oversight on the part of the clerk's office," Lynch said.

"As far as we can tell, there was no mistake on the part of the bail commissioner," she said.

Reached at his home Tuesday, Paul Labonte said he did not want to comment on his son's case.

"We'll just wait for the trial," he said. "What else can we do?"

District Attorney Kathryn Slattery said last week that family members are not prohibited from giving money to defendants, who then post bail. But she said she did not learn until late Friday that the bail commissioner had indicated the bail was posted by Paul Labonte, not David Labonte.

Prosecutors moved immediately Tuesday morning, after the holiday weekend, to have Labonte's bail revoked.

David Labonte is unlikely to raise the bail money himself. He is a self-employed painter who was living with his parents to save money.

Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre, who was critical of Labonte's release on bail, applauded the District Attorney's Office for moving swiftly to have him returned to jail.

Labonte was not charged with violating bail conditions.

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