Trial Begins for Bangor Woman Accused of Murdering Husband 

Joy Hollowell

The trial of a Bangor woman accused of murdering her husband got underway Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

50-year old Roxanne Jeskey is accused of killing her husband, Richard Jeskey, 2 and 1/2 years ago.

53-year old Richard Jeskey was found dead in the bathtub of the couple’s apartment off Ohio Street.

Jeskey has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to court documents, Jeskey admitted to attacking her husband with pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat.

In court Monday, the state said Richard Jeskey was brutally murdered.

“Rick Jeskey was left strangled and losing blood in that bathtub over the course of the night, while the defendant worked carefully to clean up the blood from all of the injuries that Rick had sustained at the hands of Roxanne,” Assistant Attorney General Deb Cashman told the judge.

The defense argued their client panicked and lashed out wildly.

“The evidence will show that because she was outnumbered when she was beaten by Mr. Jeskey that night, the walls of her mind started closing in,” said Jeskey’s attorney, David Bate. “She became cornered, like a wild animal.”

Questions about Jeskey’s mental competency have delayed the trial.

Prosecution experts claimed she might be faking her mental health symptoms.