2018-01-25 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Wells murder trial postponed to March


ALFRED — The trial of a man charged with causing a Maine woman's fatal heart attack by frightening her during a burglary attempt has been pushed back.

Court officials say Carlton Young's trial has been moved to March 19. It had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Young pleaded not guilty to felony murder in the death of 62-year-old Connie Loucks of Wells. Authorities say Loucks suffered a heart attack after Young allegedly knocked on her door and windows in 2015.

Young, of Sanford, has also been accused of being part of a burglary ring in southern Maine.

An affidavit filed with the court by Wells Police Det. Todd Bayha in April 2015, outlined the initial burglary at the Loucks’ residence on Wire Road, and the subsequent burglary attempt the following day.

According to the affidavit, Connie Loucks reported to police that she had returned home to discover several pieces of jewelry missing from her home, which her husband later valued at more than $10,000. She told police the home was unlocked, and that she hadn’t authorized entry to anyone.

When reporting the burglary, Loucks asked the police officer how burglars would approach a home, and was told that they would usually bang on doors and windows to determine of anyone was inside. If someone was at home, they would make up an excuse and leave, according to the court document.

The following day, police received a call from Loucks at 12:32 p.m. She told them she believed the burglars had returned.

“She stated they were banging on the windows and doors of the residence, and when she asked them what they wanted, they stated they were looking for ‘Billy,’” Bayha wrote in the affidavit.

At 12:41 p.m.,  Loucks’ daughter called police and said she had been on the phone with her mother “about the men being at her house,” when the phone went dead.

At 1 p.m., police forced their way into the home and saw Loucks unresponsive on the couch. They attempted life-saving measures, to no avail. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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