2008 Homicide Statistics 

(AP) That’s the highest number since 1989, when 40 people were killed in the deadliest year in Maine history.

Of last year’s homicides, 19 were domestic related, or roughly two-thirds of the killings. State Public Safety Department spokesman Stephen McCausland says that normally, about half of Maine’s homicides are domestic.

McCausland says there’s an even more distressing trend in the figures: Five of the homicide victims were little children.

Last month, Gov. John Baldacci held a news conference to warn that the number of domestic-related homicides had doubled. That same day, a man was shot to death by his wife in their home in Belfast. The shooting remains under investigation.