Double Murder Trial Opens In Bangor 

The trial of a Biddeford man, accused of killing two brothers, is under way in Bangor. It was moved over concerns Rory Holland couldn’t get a fair trial in York county.56-year-old Rory Holland is charged in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Gage Greene and 21-year-old Derek Greene in June of last year. Both the prosecution and defense agree Holland pulled the trigger. They disagree on why. “This case is about Rory Holland’s decision to arm himself with a loaded gun and stand on South Street at 1:00 in the morning and without warning shoot both of these brothers,” Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese told the jury during her opening statement.Amanda Doherty is one of Rory Holland’s defense attorneys. They are not disputing that Holland pulled the trigger. They say he acted in self defense. “This is not a whodunnit case, this is a what happened case,” Doherty said during her opening statement.The jury is expected to hear testimony that Derek Greene had a history with Holland. Greene accused Holland of groping him about a month before the shooting and Greene was charged with assault after a fight with Holland over those allegations. The prosecutor acknowledged that Derek Greene and two of his friends assaulted Holland. Greene’s bail conditions stated he was to stay at least 500 feet away from Holland and his property. The night of the murder Greene was across the street from Holland’s house which the defense attorney says is closer than 500 feet. Assistant Attorney General Marchese says it was holland who wouldn’t stay away from Greene. “I anticipate the evidence will show, ladies and gentlemen, that the defendant was waiting on South Street that night for the Greene brothers to come by,” she says. “The defendant didn’t like Derek Greene.”According to prosecutors, on the night of the shootings, Gage Greene got into an argument with Holland. Gage Greene pushed Rory Holland, who then pulled a gun from his waistband and shot the 19-year-old in the chest. “and he observed Gage’s brother Derek running across the street, ‘you shot my brother’!!” Assistant Attorney General Marchese recounted for the jury. “And then Rory Holland takes the gun and fires at Derek Greene multiple times. Hitting him in the chest, in the abdomen, and in the elbow.” It’s up to defense attorneys to convince the jury that Holland was legally justified when he shot the Greene brothers. “The prior assault, threats of violence against his person and bail conditions that couldn’t seem to keep Derek and his friends away,” says Defense Attorney Amanda Doherty. “These are all the things that Mr. Holland would have been aware of when he was approached by Derek’s brother, Gage, bringing up the prior incident and when Derek himself charged at Mr. Holland.”