BANGOR — Maine Department of Public Safety dispatcher Robert King Jr. was driving on Route 9 late on July 18, 2017 when he saw two people walking near the Airline Snackbar.
The Good Samaritan stopped to see if he could help and he ended up giving the couple a ride to Bangor.
That’s what he testified to Monday during the third day of New York resident Carine Reeves’ murder trial. Reeves, 40, is charged with shooting 55-year-old Sally Shaw of New Gloucester on the side of the road in Cherryfield three years ago.
King said he noticed a crashed Chevy Impala near the junction of Routes 9 and 193 and asked the couple about it.
He said they told him it was their rental car.
King also said the young woman told him her name was Sally Shaw and that she was born in the 1960s.
“Basically, I said ‘That is a flat out lie,'” he testified.
Defense attorney Stephen Smith questioned King’s motive after hearing the lie.
“Despite this, you took their $200 and drove them to Bangor?” asked Smith, who is defending Reeves with Jack Baldacci.
King answered, “Correct.”
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea, who is prosecuting the case with Assistant Attorney General Megan Elam, asked King why he offered the ride.
“There was nobody around geographically who could probably help them, so I helped them,” King said.
In the days following, King testified, he saw mug shots of Reeves and Quaneysha Greeley, who were wanted for murder, on the evening news.
Prosecutors said Greeley witnessed the fatal shooting and is scheduled to take the stand this week.
“As you consider how Quaneysha’s testimony is corroborated, in big ways and small, by the physical evidence found in and around Sally’s body, by the evidence from the Impala, from evidence taken from videotapes, cellphone evidence, evidence from Rob King’s car, fingerprint evidence, DNA evidence and more, there will be no reasonable doubt in your mind,” Elam said in here opening statement.
The defense is expected to argue that Greeley committed the crime.