AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills and Legal professional Normal Aaron Frey appointed the previous chief justice of Maine’s excessive courtroom to steer the panel investigating the occasions main as much as the Lewiston mass capturing and the two-day seek for the killer.
Mills introduced final week she would arrange an unbiased fee within the wake of the Oct. 25 capturing at a bar and bowling alley that killed 18 individuals and injured 13 others. It’s Maine’s deadliest mass capturing ever and the Tenth-deadliest in U.S. historical past.
The governor and Frey, each Democrats, stated Thursday in a information launch the “Impartial Fee to Examine the Details of the Tragedy in Lewiston” will “decide the information” of the capturing, together with the months main as much as it and the police response.
Seven members will serve on the fee. The information launch stated the fee will “conduct its work in public to the best extent doable” and challenge a report.
Former Maine Supreme Judicial Court docket Chief Justice Daniel Wathen will chair the panel. In a press release, he stated he was “deeply honored and humbled by the accountability.”
In a follow-up cellphone name, he wouldn’t talk about the steps the panel would take till an organizational assembly that he stated can be scheduled quickly. When requested if that might be public, he referred a reporter to a spokesperson.
The opposite members are Debra Baeder, Maine’s former chief forensic psychologist; Toby Dilworth, a former assistant U.S. lawyer; Ellen Gorman, a former high-court justice; Geoffrey Rushlau, a former Maine choose and district lawyer; Dr. Anthony Ng, medical director of group providers for Northern Mild Acadia Hospital; and former U.S. Legal professional Paula Silsby.
BDN author Michael Shepherd contributed to this report.