Monday, May 19, 2014

Bangor Triple Murder: Verb Tense Change

Note where Nicholas Sexton speaks in the past tense, but then switches to the present tense. 
Do you see a pattern?

BANGOR, Maine — Nicholas Sexton testified Monday that his co-defendant shot and killed three people on Aug. 12, 2012, then forced him to set the car and the three bodies that were in it on fire a few hours later.
Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Randall Daluz, 36, of Brockton, Massachusetts, known by the nickname “Ricky” or “Money,” have been charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson in connection with the deaths. Investigators have described the slayings as a drug deal gone bad. Sexton and Daluz have pleaded not guilty.
The charred bodies of Nicolle A. Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, Daniel T. Borders, 26, of Hermon and Lucas A. Tuscano, 28, of Bradford were found in a burning rental car on Aug. 13, 2012, at 22 Target Industrial Circle in Bangor.
Sexton took the stand in his defense Monday as the trial spilled into its fourth and most likely final week. He told a packed courtroom that Daluz killed Borders by accident when he “hit him in the head with the barrel of the .380 pistol.” Sexton said Daluz killed Tuscano and Lugdon “deliberately.”
His testimony of how he and Daluz came to Maine matched that of previous witnesses in most aspects. Sexton rented a car in Rhode Island and picked Daluz up in Massachusetts on Aug. 11, 2012. The two came to Maine to sell drugs and spent much of the evening of Aug. 12, 2012, at Carolina’s Sports & Spirits in Bangor.
Sexton, however, denied that two guns — a derringer and a .380 pistol, which both have been tied by a firearms expert to the slayings — were on the bed of a Brewer motel room as Katelyn Lugdon, 19, formerly of Bangor, testified. She is the sister of Nicolle Lugdon and was living with Borders.
The Rhode Island man also said that he and Daluz left Carolina’s at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2012, and went to 15 Bolling Drive in Bangor to pick up the victims. The plan, Sexton said, was to sell Borders some cocaine and to smoke marijuana. Sexton said he was driving with Borders in the passenger seat. Daluz was behind Borders and Tuscano was behind the driver’s seat, with Lugdon in between them, Sexton testified.
Nikki was talking about coming back to the hotel with me later,” Sexton said. “Dan was up front rolling a joint, when, all of a sudden this commotion breaks out. Dan says something to Daluz and Daluz gets pissed and smacks Dan in the head. Dan spilled the dope all over the car.”
Sexton said he did not hear what Borders said but described it “as something smart.”
Everybody tells them to chill out, and I turn around and I see Daluz has a gun in his hand,” he continued. “He hits [Borders] with it a few times. Nikki’s telling him to chill out and the gun goes off and everybody starts screaming and yelling.
Sexton said he was telling Daluz to put the gun down when his co-defendant shot Tuscano. That shot “blew out” the back passenger window. Lugdon became hysterical, he said.
Daluz ordered Sexton to keep driving but he was worried they were going to run out of gas, Sexton testified. Sexton said he turned around in Orono, then went to Dedham on Daluz’s instructions. There, Sexton put gas in the car, then put the gas can in the vehicle.
Sexton said that he drove to Hermon and down a dirt road where Daluz instructed Lugdon to swallow a number of pills. Daluz took money from Tuscano and Borders and gathered up shell casings, Sexton testified.
“He came to the driver’s side of the car and I got out,” Sexton said. “I got out and he asked if I was going to tell on him and I said, ‘No.’ He pointed the gun at me and raised his hand to the other window and, boom, he shoots Nicole.”
Sexton said that Daluz threatened to kill his children if he went to police so he agreed to burn the car with the bodies in it. Sexton said that he selected the Target Industrial Circle location because it was close to the Ramada Inn, but had to return there to get a lighter from Daluz, after he had dropped him off there, so he could start the fire.
Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese, who has a reputation for being tough on defendants during cross-examinations, will begin questioning Daluz as soon as jurors return from a lunch break around 1 p.m.
Daluz’s attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor will question Sexton after Marchese.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is the parts of his statement where he describes who shot who that is in present tense. Present tense = not from memory = contructed memory and is not reliable.

I reviewed a recent case of alleged police misconduct where the lead in was first person, past tense, singular as was what happened after he was arrested and in the cruiser. The events of the actual interaction were all in present tense. His story wasn't reliable either...

-Akula

Hobnob said...

off topic

Josh Powell starved one of his sons to the point of malnutrition and possibly poisoned his wife with homemade drinks before she vanished, according to a new book.

The startling claims have been made by Susan Powell's friends more than four years after the 29-year-old mother-of-two disappeared from her Utah home.

While her body has never been found, her husband Josh was long suspected of having a role in her disappearance. Then in February 2012, he attacked his sons, aged five and seven, with a hatchet and blew them - and himself - up in his Washington state home.

Speaking to authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris for their book, 'If I Can't Have You', which is released on Tuesday, the friends have given a terrifying insight into the Powell household

Josh Powell starved one of his sons to the point of malnutrition and possibly poisoned his wife with homemade drinks before she vanished, according to a new book.

The startling claims have been made by Susan Powell's friends more than four years after the 29-year-old mother-of-two disappeared from her Utah home.

While her body has never been found, her husband Josh was long suspected of having a role in her disappearance. Then in February 2012, he attacked his sons, aged five and seven, with a hatchet and blew them - and himself - up in his Washington state home.

Speaking to authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris for their book, 'If I Can't Have You', which is released on Tuesday, the friends have given a terrifying insight into the Powell household

'[Josh] was really ticked off because the week before she had spent two cents more on a can of peas than he found at another store... It got so he wouldn’t give her money for food or anything.'

Susan even called friends to ask if she could sneak hot dogs from them because the boys were so hungry, friends said.

Then, when Charlie Powell was a year old, a doctor diagnosed him with malnutrition, the book said.

'He gets one meal a day at day care. That's all he needs,' Josh told Susan, according to friend Rachel Marini. 'You’re not wasting my food on him because he’s just going to poop it out!'

Friends added that they started to suspect him of poisoning his wife in October 2009, two months before she vanished.

She began to feel nauseous so wondered if she was pregnant before miscarrying, friends said.

'He made a lot of organic products for her to drink, a lot of thick yogurt stuff and fermented drinks with kefir,' friend Amber Hardman explained.

The book suggests that there is also a possibility that Braden, the couple's youngest son, was molested by Josh's father Steve, who was later charged with voyeurism for taking pictures of young girls who lived next door to him.

When the boys were taken from the custody of their father, Braden was diagnosed with a fungal skin infection; one way to contract this infection is through sexual contact, the authors said.

Susan's body was never found, although the search still continues.

Josh has claimed that his wife was at home when he took his sons, Charlie and Braden, on a winter camping trip in Utah's West Desert.

In February 2012, 36-year-old Josh Powell took his two sons into his home from a state supervisor, attacked them with a hatchet and then blew up the family home, killing all three.

Police documents from May 2012 reveal that Utah officials believe that Josh killed his wife and that his brother Michael helped dispose of her body. Michael killed himself in February 2013.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2632777/Cruel-Josh-Powell-starved-one-sons-possibly-poisoned-wife-Susan-vanished-friends-say-new-book.html




Jen Ow said...

Hi Hobs,

Josh Powell was one of the most twisted freaks ever! Apparently he got it honest from that pedophile father of his. What a bunch of sickos! It's such a tragic case, and it makes me sick to think what those boys went through at the hands of the man who should have been their protector.

In my opinion, Prosecutors should have charged Josh even without Susan's body. At least then he would have been denied visits with the boys, and wouldn't have had the access and opportunity to murder them! I hope Susan's family is eventually able to find her, and put her to rest with her boys. :-(

Jen Ow said...

I agree with Akula, he changes to present tense both times when he reaches the actual act of shooting the victims.

john said...

OT Update:

Mom of Missing Two-Year-Old, Myra Lewis Released From Jail

The mother of missing two-year-old, Myra Lewis is out of jail.

Ericka Lewis has been sitting in the Madison County jail for over two months on unrelated charges.

She appeared in court Monday morning for a probation hearing, where a judge granted her release.

"I hope some good news comes out of that real soon. This has been one struggle after another." says Gregory Lewis Myra's father

Ericka Lewis was arrested shortly after her two-year-old daughter, Myra went missing.

She's been in the Madison County detention center for the past two and a half months on charges unrelated to Myra's disappearance.

She appeared before a judge Monday morning and was granted a release from jail.

"I really don't want to speculate, I really have no idea. I'm just glad she's coming home." Gregory Lewis tells us

Lewis was released just before 4:00 Monday afternoon.

"The fact of the ruling today is that she will be released from jail and placed back on probation today to continue out the remaining course of her probationary period." says Lewis' attorney, Afram Sellers

Lewis' family says her release is bittersweet.

"Celebration so far, but we still have a ways to go. Trying to get my niece back." says Irene Tyler, Myra's aunt

"I hope some good news comes out of that real soon. This has been one struggle after another." adds Gregory Lewis.

http://www.wjtv.com/story/25558741/mom-of-missing-two-year-old-myra-lewis-released-from-jail


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Jen Ow said...

So, basically...'yay, the 30 something year old mother who can feed and care for herself is out of jail...and oh yeah, hopefully 'some good news comes out of that' whole missing toddler of ours situation real soon.

Gee, ya think?

CPS should be keep all of their kids FAR away from them.

Jen Ow said...

*keeping