BANGOR – Scott Fournier made his first appearance in court today at the Penobscot Judicial Center, three days after he was arrested and charged with the murder of Joyce McLain more than 35 years ago.
Justice William Anderson ordered Fournier to be held at the Penobscot County Jail without bail. He may request a bail hearing at a later time, but it is unusual for bail to be granted in murder cases.
Jeff Silverstein, Fournier’s defense attorney, then called for a hearing, questioning the probable case of the arrest.
“The main thrust of what they’re relying upon comes from the 1980s,” said Silverstein. “So it doesn’t appear if there has been any new evidence granted.”
The state responded by saying that there was no one piece that led to the arrest in March 2016, but that it’s been the culmination of years and years of work.
“Further investigation, further testing, further interviews has all resulted in this charge and we believe we can prove this beyond a reasonable doubt,” says Deputy Attorney General, Lisa Marchese.
After the arraignment, Fournier’s family quickly exited the courthouse.
Members of Joyce McLain’s family also declined comment.
No times have been set for the next hearing and the trial itself could take a while.
“It could be about a year or more until we proceed about a trial,” says Silverstein.
Fournier could face anywhere between 25 years and life in prison if convicted.