Maine State Detectives Testify in Day Four of Fournier Murder Trial

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - In day four of the Philip Fournier murder trial two retired Maine State Police detectives took the stand.

16-year-old Joyce McLain was found murdered behind Schenck High School in East Millinocket in 1980.

Fournier was arrested just last year and charged with her murder.

One former detective testified that he and his police dog found the teen's clothes, including underwear hidden in a rock wall near where her body was discovered.

Prosecutors showed crime scene photographs taken on August 10th, 1980, the day her body was found along an old logging road behind the school's soccer fields.

The photos show McLain's nude body lying on the ground with her hands tied behind her back.

Family and friends looked away, upset by the images.

The second former Maine State Police detective was asked to recall an event that happened on May 12, 1981.

Fournier went to the Bangor Police Department of his own accord with information regarding the McLain murder.

Notes taken by the former detective read that Fournier said quote, "She kicked me in the leg...I hit her with the electric pole insulator. I picked it up off the ground and hit her just once. I knew I shouldn't have done it, someone said she deserved it."

Prosecutors then showed a photo taken by detectives of the heavy ceramic insulator found near the crime scene.

Prosecutors say Fournier essentially confessed in that interview to being part of McLain's murder.

But the detective testified that details of Fournier's confession were inconsistent with physical evidence and he was not arrested.

While notes from the detective were used as evidence, it was difficult for him to recall every detail from 37 years ago.

Fournier's stepbrother took the stand just before court recessed for the day, he will continue to be questioned tomorrow when court resumes.