CARIBOU – A Maine man charged with two counts of murder and six other felonies in connection to a deadly summertime crime spree in ‘The County’ was in Aroostook County Superior Court on Wednesday for his first court appearance.
Bobby Nightingale, 38, was indicted on eight charges, including two for murder in the deaths of Allen Curtis, 25, and Roger Ellis, 51, on August 13. They were shot in a pickup truck along Route 227, also known as the State Road, in their hometown of Castle Hill.
“Mr. Nightingale pled not guilty on each and every count,” said John Tebbetts, who is representing him along with attorney Stephen Smith.
“Before I go any further, just thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims here,” Tebbetts said after the hearing attended by family and loved ones of both Ellis and Curtis. “This is a tragedy, no matter what. They’ve lost loved ones here. It’s just difficult for everyone.”
A memorial of flowers and a solar light has been added to the side of the road where the shootings occurred.
“Having said that, Mr. Nightingale is innocent of these charges,” Tebbetts went on to say. “We’re looking forward to having our day in court where we can prove … demonstrate Mr. Nightingale is not guilty.”
Since Nightingale was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury, there is no probable cause affidavit.
“We still haven’t received any discovery on the homicide charges yet so we don’t really know the game plan is yet,” Tebbetts said. “But eventually we will get a trial date.”
State police say the charges stem from three different incidents on Aug. 5, Aug. 10, and Aug. 13 where Nightingale used or possessed a firearm.
In addition to the two murder charges, he is charged with robbery, burglary, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Nightingale is being held without bail at the Aroostook County Jail.
“This is just a difficult time,” Tebbetts said. “Definitely. He’s. This is just a difficult situation from start to finish.”