Connor MacCalister, wearing a blue polo shirt, stands next to his attorney, Robert LaBrasseur, at York County Superior Court in Alfred Friday afternoon.

Connor MacCalister, wearing a blue polo shirt, stands next to his attorney, Robert LaBrasseur, at York County Superior Court in Alfred Friday afternoon.

ALFRED — Connor MacCalister is being held in jail without bail after a brief court appearance Friday.

MacCalister, 31, of Saco, has been charged with murder and according to police has confessed to fatally stabbing Wendy Boudreau, 59, also of Saco, at Shaw’s supermarket located at Saco Valley Shopping Center.

In early police reports, MacCalister was referred to as a woman, but identifies as a man and was addressed as such in York County Superior Court Friday afternoon, when he made his first court appearance.

MacCalister, dressed in a light blue polo shirt, stood silently next to his attorney, Robert LeBrasseur, making chewing motions.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea asked the court for a psychiatric exam on MacCalister, which Justice John O’Neil granted. The report will be sealed unless MacCalister decides to plead insanity.

When asked whether MacCalister was in women’s or men’s jail, LeBrasseur said MacCalister was currently in isolation. LeBrasseur refused to address any questions regarding his client.

MacCalister told police Wednesday he was angry with life and had been planning for a month to kill several random people at the Saco Shaw’s grocery store, according to the criminal complaint. Also according to the complaint, MacCalister said he planned on targeting a small elderly woman that he knew wouldn’t resist. After seeing Boudreau in the parking lot, MacCalister followed her to the ice cream aisle, where he grabbed Boudreau from behind and slit her throat, according to the complaint.

A Shaw’s employee said she asked MacCalister why he stabbed Boudreau, and MacCalister replied, “I’m off my meds. She looked at me wrong,” according to police reports.

A candlelight prayer vigil will be held in Boudreau’s honor at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 20 Jenkins Road, Saco, on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Boudreau was a mother of four as well as a grandmother. According to her obituary, she was married to her high school sweetheart, and was a caring and compassionate woman devoted to her family.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]


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