Convicted Arsonist in Topless Coffee Shop Case Asks for New Trial
Lawyers for a Winthrop man convicted of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro have asked for a new trial. Raymond Bellavance Junior’s attorney listed several reasons for a new trial in a hearing in Kennebec County Court on Wednesday, including the arrest of a state’s witness four days after the verdict. Assistant District Attorney Alan Kelley tells us all of the issues other than the witness’s arrest were litigated during the trial. He says since the arrest happened after the trial, it isn’t grounds for a new one. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Bellavance torched the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in 2009 because he was angry his former girlfriend was working there. The judge is expected to rule on the motion by the end of the month. Sentencing has been pushed back until March for now.