PORTLAND (WGME) – The man accused of murdering a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy last spring decided not to testify at a hearing about whether his confession should be tossed out.
That three-day hearing wrapped up Monday with just a few words from John Williams, who answered yes or no questions from the judge.
Williams’ attorney said his client was planning to testify but that changed when he was evaluated by a forensic psychologist with the state.
It has been nearly a year since Williams allegedly shot and killed Cpl. Eugene Cole.
His defense team claimed he was withdrawing from drugs and in pain from police beatings when he confessed. They are hoping it will be thrown out.
Williams’ comments about being threatened and injured in the woods were included in the doctor’s testimony Monday in court and a report was submitted to the judge.
“He said the Miranda warnings came in one ear and out the other, so even though he heard them and he understood them, he wasn’t really taking in that information and applying it to what that would actually mean,” said Dr. Sara Miller, an expert witness for the defense.
Prosecutors maintained Williams spoke willingly with investigators and that they treated him fairly, bringing him food, water and medical attention.
Jury selection is scheduled for June, ahead of the trial. The judge will determine whether that confession will be admissible.