Lewiston Man Convicted Of Murder Seeks New Trial

Updated 5 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man convicted of killing a neighbor is seeking a new trial because he says a prosecutor prejudiced the jury during closing arguments by gesturing and mouthing answers behind the back of the defense attorney.

Buddy Robinson was sentenced to 55 years in prison after he was convicted last year of the 2011 beating and drowning death of 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire, who lived in the same apartment building. Her body was missing for more than a year.

The Sun Journal reports that in his motion filed in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Robinson’s appeals attorney says while his trial attorney was addressing the jury during closings, the prosecutor was behind him making gestures and mouthing answers that the jury could see, amounting to an “improper and unprofessional rebuttal.”

 


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