A New York man who's about to go on trial on charges that he killed a woman in Down East Maine believes masks worn during the pandemic could prejudice the jury against him.
In court documents, Carine Reeves’ attorney said that wearing a mask could be prejudicial since masks are associated with crime. Reeves, a Black man, contends his rights would be violated by a mask requirement.
He was due to make his arguments Wednesday in front of a judge.
Reeves, 39, is charged with murder in the death of Sally Shaw in 2017. The 55-year-old was shot in the head and her body was left on the side of a road in Cherryfield.
The trial is scheduled to begin later this month. It would be one of the first to take place in the state since the pandemic began.