Jury selected, trial begins in Bangor triple homicide

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A jury was selected Thursday in the trial of two men accused of killing three Maine residents whose bodies were found in a burning car in Bangor.

Randall Daluz and Nicholas Sexton have both been charged with three counts of murder and one count of starting a fire with the intent to destroy property.

Opening statements began Thursday morning. Attorney General Lisa Marchese began, followed by Sexton's attorney Jeffrey Toothaker, and then Daluz's attorney Jeff Silverstein. Marchese told the jury that cellphone records and bullets recovered from the scene of the burning car connect both men to the deaths. Both defense teams argue the state's evidence is heavily based on assumptions.

The jury is expected to visit the scene of the crime on Target Industrial Circle. They will also visit an area along the Penobscot River where the guns allegedly used in the murders were found.

The state has more than 100 potential witnesses. One of the key witnesses was arrested Wednesday for not cooperating with the investigation. Kaitlyn Lugdon, Nicholle Lugdon's sister and Daniel Borders' girlfriend, is now being held on $25,000 cash bail. She is expected to appear in court to testify in this case.

The victims are Daniel Thomas Borders of Hermon, Nicolle Ashley Lugdon of Eddington, and Lucas Alan Tuscano of Bradford. The car, tagged with Rhode Island license plates, was found on fire Aug. 13, 2012, in a Bangor parking lot.

Tuscano's family was in court Thursday for opening statements.

Jury selection began Monday.


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