BELFAST – A Waldo County Superior Court jury deliberated less than two hours on Wednesday before returning a not guilty verdict on 50-year-old Michael Nickerson. Nickerson had been charged with manslaughter and assault in the fatal stabbing of his brother, 44-year-old Charles Nickerson, at a house they shared in Searsport.
Prosecutors said Michael Nickerson used excessive force when he retaliated when brother beat on him.
But Nickerson’s attorney, Steven Peterson, told jurors his client was defending himself. He asked jurors what might have happened had Nickerson not retaliated.
Nickerson has been held in jail since his arrest three days after the slaying last November.