AUGUSTA – Accused Waterville murderer Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, had his first court appearance at the Capital Judicial Center on Friday but he was not asked to enter a plea.
Investigators say Lovejoy shot longtime girlfriend Melissa Sousa, 29, twice in the stomach causing her death.
The case against him will be presented to the next grand jury.
“It’s a serious case of domestic violence,” said Lisa Marchese, deputy chief of the Maine Attorney General’s Office. “It’s in some matters, in some ways, it’s a little discouraging. But we remain hopeful out there for victims that when they find themselves in a bad relationship, that they reach out and get some help.”
Sousa was last seen getting her twin daughters on the school bus early Tuesday. Her body was found in her basement on Wednesday, and Lovejoy was charged Thursday evening while at the Kennebec County Jail.
He was arrested several blocks from his home early Wednesday for having a loaded rifle in his car and endangering the welfare of a child because he had left the couple’s twins home alone.
In the affidavit, “the children told officer [Nathan] Bernier that when dad tucked them into bed he told them police were going to come take him.”
They did just that.
Lovejoy is being held without bail.