BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine sex offender charged last week with killing a 16-year-old girl who disappeared while jogging nearly 36 years ago is being held without bail.
Philip Scott Fournier was arraigned Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on a murder charge. He did not enter a plea.
State police say Fournier killed Joyce McLain, of East Millinocket, in August 1980. After her disappearance, her body was found two days later behind a school.
Fournier, 55, was identified as a person of interest in Joyce’s death when he was sentenced in 2009 to 6½ years in prison for possession of child pornography. He changed his story so many times over the years that it made it difficult to bring charges against him in Joyce’s killing, prosecutors have said.
Fournier’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, said he doubts the quality of the prosecution’s evidence, in part because Fournier’s statements might not be reliable. Silverstein told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1R3kJQP ) there is a lack of physical evidence in the court papers that accuse Fournier of committing the crime.
Police said Friday that the investigation is still not over, but they have determined Fournier is responsible for the girl’s death.
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