Convicted Murderer’s Appeal Rejected in Maine 

Maine’s supreme court has upheld the conviction of an Auburn man in the 2005 baseball bat killings of two men whose bodies were found in shallow graves in Lewiston. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected Gary Gauthier Jr.’s claim that he received ineffective legal representation at his 2006 murder trial. Gauthier and Tommy Dyer were convicted of murdering James Vining and John Graffam, whose bodies were found by deer hunters in October 2005 near abandoned railroad tracks in Lewiston. Gauthier was sentenced to 60 years in prison, while Dyer received a 47-year sentence. In his appeal, Gauthier argued that his lawyer made tactical mistake in choosing not to rest his case after the prosecutor rested the state’s case. (AP)