Nelson denies killing Anson man as murder trial draws to a close

8:15 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Both sides have rested in the trial of a Norridgewock man accused of murder. Robert Nelson is charged with shooting 60-year-old Everett Cameron to death back in October of 2009.

The state says Nelson committed the crime over prescription drugs. On Monday, after a week of being on trial, the defendant got to make his own case in Somerset County Superior Court. Nelson had admitted that he was abusing prescription drugs back in 2009, that he was getting his supply from Cameron and that he even met with the victim hours before Cameron was found dead inside his pickup truck on Town Farm Road in North Anson.

Yet on Monday in open court Nelson maintained he was not the one who Cameron. Nelson's attorneys made the case when the trial started that police were too quick to zero in on their client.

Everett Cameron was battling cancer at the time of his death and getting prescription Oxycodone for pain. He had been selling those pills to a number of people around Anson in order to make money.  The defense maintains that any one of those clients could have had a reason to kill Cameron.

In their case, prosecutors however are pointing at gun powder residue that was found on the defendant's hands, the fact that people saw his car near Cameron's minutes before he was killed and the fact that Nelson was high on drugs the day of Cameron's murder.

The defense however says that doesn't prove anything.

"At the end of the day it's all circumstantial evidence," said Philip Mohlar, who is one of Nelson's attorneys, "from our perspective they're just not anywhere near enough to convicting Mr. Nelson and we're gonna hope that the judge sees it as we do."

Closing arguments will be heard at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. This is a bench trial and will not go to a jury. Justice John Nivision says he expects it will be days before he decides on a verdict.


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