Defense Calls Former Detectives To The Stand In Day 9 Of Fournier Murder Trial

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Lawyers for the man charged with killing an East Millinocket teenager called multiple former law enforcement officials to the stand Thursday.

57-year old Philip Fournier is accused of murdering 16-year old Joyce McLain in 1980.

Much of Thursday's testimony came from former Maine State Police detectives, most of whom were assigned the case later on.

The first witness was John Doe, the East Millinocket police Chief at the time of the murder.

He testified that Maine State Police and the Attorney General's Office took over the investigation as the department did not have the resources to handle such a case.

Multiple State Police detectives also took the stand, including detective David Preble.

The defense focused on why police did not arrest Fournier before 2016, but Preble says "out of respect, they would have to consult the Attorney General's Office."

The court also heard from former Detective Brian Strout who testified the case was ramped up again in 2008 as they had more time to devote to it.

He says part of the plan was to re-interview all those involved, including Fournier, who he says was "always cooperative."

Fournier has to decide Friday whether he will take the stand.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

The trial resumes Friday with closing arguments expected to take place Monday.