BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A Jackson man pleaded not guilty to murder inside Waldo County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.
Daniel Porter is facing up to life in prison for the death of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo, who went missing in Maine over the winter. His body was eventually found on property belonging to the Porter family.
The state contends that Porter killed Perdomo because he owed the Florida man $3,000 for prescription drugs.
Yet the defense claims that Perdomo's death was brought on by his conduct. They say he theatened Porter's life and the lives of his family over the money, and the Jackson man killed him in self defense.
"He was receiving threats that were both physical in nature and verbal in nature that threatened severe extreme violence and a danger to human life," said Porter's attorney, Jeff Silverstein, "and the well being and safety not only to himself...but his girlfriend and her young child."
"It is the state's belief that this is an intentional or knowing murder and that's why that indictment was presented to the grand jury and ultimately voted on by the grand jurors," said Leane Zainea, who is prosecuting the case for the Maine Attorney General's Office.
Daniel Porter is currently being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He will continue to sit behind bars until his trial, which is slated for sometime next spring.