A jury has been chosen for the homicide trial of a Portland man who police say killed his girlfriend by working her over along with his automobile in Acadia Nationwide Park.
Raymond Lester, 37, is accused of killing Nicole Mokeme, greater than 16 months in the past at Acadia’s Schoodic Institute, which is positioned at Schoodic Level on the japanese aspect of Frenchman Bay, throughout from Mount Desert Island.
A jury of 12 folks, not together with an extra 4 picked as alternates, was chosen on Tuesday, the day after jury choice within the trial started. The trial is anticipated to get below manner Wednesday morning in Ellsworth and has been scheduled to run by Thursday, Nov. 9.
Police say Lester ran Mokeme over along with his BMW X3 sport utility automobile late within the night on June 18, 2022, on a paved strolling path on the Schoodic Institute campus, after the 2 had an argument.
Lester then allegedly fled the scene and, after being recognized as a suspect, evaded police for a month earlier than being arrested in Cancun, Mexico.
Lester is going through a single cost of intentional or understanding homicide. He has been held in custody with out bail at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth since his arrest.
Mokeme, 37, the founder and inventive director for Rise and Shine Youth Retreat, lived in South Portland. She was main a retreat for Black Mainers on the former Navy base campus within the park. Lester accompanied Mokeme on the in a single day retreat and was sharing a room along with her at a bunkhouse on the campus, police have stated.
The evening Mokeme died, attendees had been hanging out at a fireplace pit outdoors the bunkhouse whereas Lester sat close by in his SUV and made “taking pictures” gestures along with his fingers towards the group, police write in a courtroom affidavit. Different attendees advised police that Lester was ingesting vodka, taking part in loud music and driving quick across the campus.
Mokeme’s physique was discovered at 6:20 a.m. the subsequent day on a paved strolling path on the Schoodic campus, police stated. Tire tracks had been discovered main from a close-by parking zone, throughout a street and between two bushes onto the strolling path the place Mokeme appeared to have been run over.
Items of black plastic that appeared to have fallen off a automobile additionally had been discovered close to her physique, in keeping with the affidavit.
Police started on the lookout for Lester and traced his cellphone to Rhode Island. Utilizing information collected by roadside license plate readers, police decided that Lester had pushed to Massachusetts the day Mokeme’s physique was discovered. Extra data later confirmed Lester had pushed to Georgia on June 20, 2022, after which to Texas a day after that.
Police haven’t stated how they decided that Lester had traveled to Mexico or whether or not they ever recovered his automobile.
Justice Robert Murray will preside over the jury trial.
Lester is being represented by protection attorneys Will Ashe of Ellsworth and Caitlyn Smith of Bangor. The case is being prosecuted by Robert “Bud” Ellis and Leanne Robbin of the Maine lawyer normal’s workplace.
Attorneys concerned within the case for the protection and prosecution have declined to touch upon the pending trial.