Accused Murderer in Court for Evidence Suppression Hearing

SKOWHEGAN, ME (WABI)- A Fairfield man accused of killing his wife after initially telling investigators she was missing, is now asking a judge to exclude statements he made to police.

34-year-old Luc Tieman is charged with murdering his wife, Valerie, in August.

Her body was found buried in the backyard of the home they were living in with Tieman's parents.

Joy Hollowell was in the courtroom for Monday's hearing.

Inconsistencies in statements Luc Tieman gave to state police detectives were at the heart of a hearing in Skowhegan Monday.

Valerie Tieman's body was found buried in the yard of her in-laws in Fairfield where the couple lived.

Her husband originally told police he hadn't seen his wife since August 30th when they went to the Skowhegan Walmart. He claims when he returned to his truck in the parking lot, his wife was gone.

Ten days later, Valerie's father living in South Carolina reported her missing.

After her body was found, Tieman told police his wife died from a drug overdose.

As to why his story changed.

"He said that he basically did not want to shame her name," State Police Detective Chris Crawford testified in court Monday. "He did not want her parents to know that she had a drug problem."

Defense attorney Stephen Smith is asking Somerset County Superior Court Justice Robert Mullen to prevent certain interviews from being used at trial, claiming his client spoke with the understanding he was in police custody after being pulled over on September 13th, for an outstanding warrant.

An autopsy shows Valerie Tieman was shot twice in the head.

At the hearing, detectives testified Tieman told them he had help burying his wife's body.

"He told us that his brother assisted him with this," said Crawford.

A decision on the Motion to Suppress isn't expected until at least the end of January.
Tieman was read his Miranda Rights on September 20th.

He was taken into custody the next day.

Detectives did say they began searching Tieman's truck after asking for consent twice, However, after an officer noticed what appeared to be some sort dark colored stain on a receipt in the vehicle, they opted to stop until a search warrant was obtained.