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Judge Convicts Man in 1980 Killing That Baffled Authorities



    Man Accused of Killing Teen in 1980 Goes on Trial

    A judge heard opening statements Monday in the trial of Philip Scott Fournier, who was charged in 2016 in the 1980 slaying of 16-year-old Joyce McLain, of East Millinocket, Maine.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    A judge says a 57-year-old Maine man is guilty of murder in a nearly 40-year-old case that baffled authorities in Maine.

    Philip Scott Fournier was charged in 2016 with killing 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket in 1980. Superior Court Justice Ann Murray issued her verdict on Thursday morning in a packed Bangor courtroom.

    McLain disappeared while she was out jogging, and her body was found two days later.

    A defense lawyer said during final arguments earlier this month that "doubts will linger" over the case regardless whether Fournier was convicted. The defense also argued that Fournier's memories, which were central to the prosecution's case, were unreliable.

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    There also wasn't physical evidence tying Fournier to the crime scene. But prosecutors said he confessed numerous times over the years.

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