Vassalboro Man Charged With Murder 

Shea, Courtney 11-25-13

A Vassalboro man has been charged with murder in connection with a body found in that town Friday morning.

State police say Courtney Shea, 30, fatally stabbed Tom Namer, 69, of Waterville last Thursday.

In a statement released today, police also say it was Shea who called police saying he discovered the body. Namer’s body was found behind an abandoned trailer friday morning. An autopsy revealed Namer died of multiple stab wounds.

Shea’s aunt, Elizabeth Handy of Waterville, said that Namer had been a close friend of the family for more than 30-years. She also said Namer gave Shea a ride home Thursday night when Shea was heavily intoxicated. Shea told family members he blacked out and when he woke up, Namer was dead. Handy said Shea has a history of alcoholism and trouble with the law.

“It’s tough on both sides,” Handy said. “On one hand it’s our nephew that the allegations are made against. And on the other hand Tom has been friends with this entire family for years. Like I said, for 35 years anyways. It’s tough, we want to support the family but on the other hand it’s hard to think about what Tom went through.”

Shea has a lengthy criminal record, including a 2009 conviction for robbing a Waterville convenience store. He was also convicted of criminal mischief in 2012 and most recently he was convicted of operating after habitual offender revocation and operating under the influence March 17 in Augusta. He received a six-month jail sentence and a $1,700 fine. He was originally arrested Friday on a probation violation prior to being charged with murder.

Handy describes the victim, Tom Namer, as a kind man who would do anything for anyone. “Tom had a big heart,” Handy said. “If you call him in the middle of the night and you need a ride he’s right there for you. If you need money for something whether it’s oil or cigarettes or anything he’ll help you out. He’ll give you his last dollar.”

Shea is scheduled to be in court Tuesday or Wednesday to be arraigned on the murder charge.