By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

December 19, 2012

Nelson found guilty of murdering Anson man

The judge finds the state's circumstantial evidence sufficient to convict the Norridgewock man, 41.

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Murder defendant Robert Nelson, center, is flanked by his attorneys before it was announced that he is guilty in the death of Everett L. Cameron in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. State prosecutor Leane Zainea is in the foreground.

David Leaming / Staff Photographer

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Outside the courthouse, Nicole Sacre, Cameron's daughter, addresses the media after Robert Nelson's conviction. "One of the hardest parts of this was seeing our father portrayed as a drug dealer. His death is a testimony to the sad state of the prescription medicine problem in our state and the lengths people will go to to get them. Our family would really like to see authorities address this epidemic."

David Leaming / Staff Photographer

Nivison said many who testified for the state, including family members and several of Nelson's current and ex-girlfriends, were "highly credible and also people one would think were predisposed to side with him."

Testimony from Nelson's family about his behavior at his daughter's birthday party on the day of the murder -- that he was higher on drugs and alcohol than they had ever seen -- was indicative of guilt, said Nivison.

He said Nelson's testimony wasn't credible because of inconsistent statements he made during the investigation and because it was unlikely he would be able to recall specific details he offered in court, such as when he took certain pills on the day of the murder, given the amount of drugs and alcohol he consumed that day.

Testimony also showed that Nelson had different accounts of that day, Nivison said. For example, Nelson's then-girlfriend Katie White said Nelson told her he was going to pay Cameron, but Nelson told police he did not plan to pay him that day, Nivison said.

Nelson also faces as much as five years in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, to which he pleaded guilty earlier this month.

 

Morning Sentinel Staff Writer Rachel Ohm can be contacted 612-2368 or at:

rohm@mainetoday.com

 

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