July 13, 2020

Fairfield murder suspect indicted> Hunnewell arraignment set for Jan. 21

SKOWHEGAN — Guy E. Hunnewell III, 27, of Fairfield was indicted Wednesday by a Somerset County grand jury for the year-end murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Hunnewell will be arraigned in Somerset County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

He has been held without bail since his arrest Dec. 30 in Augusta, where he fled after he allegedly repeatedly stabbed Stephanie Gilliland, 20, of Benton. Gilliland’s body was discovered earlier that day on the kitchen floor of Hunnewell’s Summit Avenue apartment in Fairfield. She was dressed only in underwear and had been stabbed 10 to 15 times, according to a police affidavit.

When arrested, Hunnewell had scratches on his body and blood on his underwear, stated the affidavit submitted during his initial appearance in court Dec. 31.

Hunnewell’s attorney, John Alsop of Norridgewock, could not be reached for comment concerning his client’s indictment. Alsop continued a bail hearing originally set for Jan. 5, saying state police reports on the murder were not available and he felt ill-prepared to proceed. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchesi, who is prosecuting Hunnewell, said at the time that the state would block any attempt at bail for Hunnewell.

Hunnewell and the victim both worked at Sonny’s Pizza on Main Street in Fairfield. They once were romantically involved, and friends told police that Hunnewell had not gotten over Gilliland and had been stalking her for weeks.

Hunnewell is accused of fatally stabbing Gilliland either late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Dec. 29 or 30, then fleeing in her car to the Augusta Comfort Inn. After a group of Gilliland’s friends found her body and called police, a Kennebec County deputy spotted the car parked at the motel and Hunnewell was arrested without incident.

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