A man facing a murder charge in the death of a Portland man Friday will be held without bail.

Jonathan Alas, 27, who was found seriously injured at a Cumberland Avenue apartment building along with victim Christopher Godin, appeared before Cumberland County Superior Court Justice John O’Neil via Zoom, still wearing hospital scrubs. He was not required to enter a plea and only spoke to hear the charges against him. Alas has been hospitalized since his arrest Friday, according to Portland police.

Christopher Godin Photo courtesy of Sue Ericson

The short hearing offered no other details about why police suspect Alas killed the 58-year-old Godin, the founder of Granny’s Burritos in the Old Port who friends described as a generous, “peace-loving hippie.”

Police have not released a cause of death. No public file associated with the case was available at the Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.

Alas’ appointed defense attorney, Matthew Crockett, appeared with him from the hospital, wearing a blue face mask and a “visitor’s” sticker. He said Alas was aware of the charges against him and that his client would like to schedule a hearing to reconsider bail at a later date.

Assistant Attorney General Meg Elam told O’Neil on Tuesday that withholding bail is appropriate given the severity of the charges against Alas.


Police declined to comment any further on the case Tuesday. It’s unclear if Alas and Godin knew each other, or what brought them together Friday evening.

Officers said they responded to a disturbance at an apartment building on Cumberland Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday where they found Godin dead inside the hallway.

Police said they found Alas in another area of the building with “serious injuries,” although police have not shared what those injuries were or how they were caused. It’s also not clear if either lived in the apartment building.

Godin’s body was brought to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta for an autopsy, which concluded that his death was a homicide.

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