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Homicide Rate Up for 2008 

Some grim statistics from Maine State Police— the number of homicides in 2008 grew to 31 in the state.

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.

That’s 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 young children.

Last month, Governor 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.