The State Rests In The Fournier Murder Trial

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

He's accused of killing 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket more than 37 years ago.

The state's final witnesses included a medical examiner who ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma with asphyxiation a contributing factor and a Maine State Police detective about the number of interviews Fournier gave through the years.

Also Tuesday in court, a taped phone call from jail a year ago between Fournier and his sister was played.

He told his sister his mother needed get her head together while taking the stand saying he feels his mother and stepfather initiated this and said he feels they have the power to change it.

The trial resumes Wednesday morning with the defense stating its case.