PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 70-year-old man charged with fatally shooting another man during a confrontation at a North Yarmouth beekeeping business has been released on $100,000 bail.
Merrill Kimball of Yarmouth put up his house to meet bail conditions after pleading not guilty Thursday to a murder charge in connection with the Oct. 6 shooting death of 63-year-old Leon Kelley of Georgetown.
Kelley was shot in a confrontation with Kimball outside Brown’s Bee Farm. Kelley’s father-in-law owns the business while Kimball’s wife worked there.
Kimball was also ordered by a judge to have no contact with the victim’s family and told to surrender his guns.
Kimball’s lawyer says Kelley initiated the altercation by pushing Kimball and his wife and the shooting was a case of self-defense.