Defense Rests Its Case In Philip Fournier Murder Trial

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The defense has rested its case in the Philip Fournier murder trial.

He's accused of killing 16-year old Joyce McLain in 1980.

Friday morning's testimony started with a family friend of the McLain's who focused on other possible suspects, including Gary Friel who was seen by him in a verbal altercation with McLain before her death.

The defense also called back to the stand a former Maine State Police detective who interviewed other possible suspects through the years.

He testified that while those alternate suspects were cooperative, they did "express displeasure with how things were handled in the past with other investigators."

He also said clothing that was found on the soccer field near Joyce's body did not seem to be items of significance.

Fournier did not testify.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Closing arguments will begin Monday morning.