Alleged murder weapons found in home of accused Houlton man

7 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — Police testified Tuesday that they found several articles of clothing, a hammer and a folding knife that all tested positive for blood when they searched the home of the 20-year-old defendant who is accused of beating and stabbing a Houlton man to death two years ago.

State Police Sgt. Jason Richards testified that a long trench coat, a sneaker, gloves and the alleged murder weapons were found at the home of Reginald Dobbins, who is accused killing of 61-year-old Keith Suitter on March 1, 2015.

Richards was one of five people to testify in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on the second day of the jury trial being presided over by Justice Hal Stewart II. A total of 61 witnesses are expected to take the stand.

Dr. Martin Flomenbaum, the state medical examiner who conducted Suitter’s autopsy, told Assistant Attorney General John Alsop Tuesday that the victim suffered 21 blunt-force trauma blows, consistent with having been inflicted by a hammer, and 10 stab wounds to the head and back. The blows during the attack fractured Suitter’s skull, lacerated his brain, and penetrated his lung. His body was found in a blood stained living room, the contents of his wallet scattered around him. The longtime Houlton resident and military veteran ran a painting business and lived alone.

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