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‘It’s a tragedy’: Biddeford man accused of killing landlord trying to evict him, court documents say

Randal J. Hennessey is charged with murder in the death of Douglas Michaud, 31.
Randal J. Hennessey is charged with murder in the death of Douglas Michaud, 31.(Gray tv)
Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:41 AM EDT
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BIDDEFORD, Maine (WMTW) - A Biddeford man accused of killing his landlord, who was trying to evict him, is being held without bail after making a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Randal J. Hennessey is charged with murder in the death of Douglas Michaud, 31.

Court documents are revealing new details on what happened.

Michaud owned an apartment building at 26 Union St. in Biddeford. He and his girlfriend lived on the top floor and Hennessey lived on the second floor. Friends said Michaud had been trying to evict Hennessey for three years.

According to the court documents, witnesses told investigators that Michaud and Hennessey got into a fight Tuesday afternoon and Hennessy shot Michaud several times in the chest.

As his pregnant girlfriend was trying to help him, Hennessey shot Michaud in the head at close range, according to the documents.

Friends said Michaud and his girlfriend were excited about the birth of their son in a couple of months.

“They were just unbelievably happy,” friend Terra Johnson said. “It’s a tragedy that somebody could be the happiest in their life in one second and then just having it all taken away.”

Police said after killing Michaud, Hennessey took off from the scene but was arrested a few hours later in New Hampshire.

After waiving extradition back to Maine, Hennessey was brought to the York County Jail where he appeared before a judge via Zoom.

He did not enter a plea, but the judge ordered him held without bail.

With the COVID-19-related eviction moratorium lifted, law enforcement officials are offering advice to landlords serving eviction notices.”Be careful. Be careful and if you can use your local sheriff’s department use them, because that’s what we’re trained for,” said Mike Grovo, of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Grovo said the sheriff’s office will deliver eviction papers for landlords, but there is a small fee.

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