A Maine woman who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend while her children slept changed the locks on her doors and kept a handgun nearby because she was afraid of him, court documents released Wednesday show.
A state police affidavit released during Robert Burton's court appearance on a murder charge alleges that on the night of Stephanie Ginn Gebo's death, Burton brought duct tape and other items to her Parkman home and climbed through her bedroom window.
The affidavit says he left a backpack containing tape similar to tape wrapped loosely around the dead woman's wrist and found on her bed.
Gebo's 13-year-old daughter found Gebo that morning, June 5, with three gunshot wounds, authorities say. Gebo's son also had been sleeping in the house.
The affidavit says the 37-year-old woman had told her children and others she feared Burton after they ended their relationship and he moved out.
Burton, 38, was ordered held without bail Wednesday, a day after he turned himself in following a two-month manhunt. A bail hearing was set for Monday. Lawyer Jeffrey Toothaker, who was appointed to represent Burton, said he plans to meet with his client this weekend for the first time.
Police also say they recovered four 9 mm casings, the type that could've belonged to the handgun Gebo kept for protection. Outside her open bedroom window, they say, they found a camouflage jacket and backpack belonging to Burton that contained duct tape, binoculars, cellphone, flashlights and bottled water.
A friend of Burton's told police that Burton "had stated that if he has problems with a woman again he is going to kill her," according to the affidavit written by Thomas Pickering, a state police detective.