November 25, 2012

Norridgewock man going on trial in 2009 killing

Robert Nelson, 41, is accused of shooting Everett L. Cameron of Anson in the head.

By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN - The trial of a Norridgewock man charged with the fatal shooting of an Anson man about three years ago will begin Monday.

Robert Nelson, 41, is charged with the murder of Everett L. Cameron in Anson on Oct. 31, 2009. Cameron was parked in his pickup truck on a dirt path off Town Farm Road when he was shot.

Nelson's defense attorney, Philip Mohlar, said Nelson is nervous "but looking forward to the opportunity to clear his name."

Nelson waived his right to a jury trial earlier this month, so the case will be decided by Somerset County Superior Court Justice John Nivison.

Mohlar said they asked for a bench trial for tactical reasons.

Police have said that Cameron, who was 60 when he died, and Nelson knew each other but they have not said how.

Cameron spent Oct. 31, 2009, hunting before returning home and changing out of his hunting clothes, according to a court affidavit. He later drove his 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck into woods near his home, parking about 20 feet from the road.

Cameron's girlfriend found his body around 4 p.m. Cameron had told his son and girlfriend that he had plans to meet with Nelson that day.

Cameron's family said in 2010 they thought his death was also connected to the sale of medication he used for his lymphoma.

Official cause of death was a gunshot to the head, according to Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.

There are 48 people on the witness list.

Nelson was being held at the Somerset County Jail on an unrelated charge when he was arrested and indicted September 2011, almost two years after Cameron's death.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in October 2011.


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