April 07, 2020

Man pleads not guilty to ex-girlfriend’s murder

SKOWHEGAN — Guy E. Hunnewell III, 27, of Fairfield pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court. He is charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in his Fairfield apartment last December.

Hunnewell has been held in Somerset County Jail without bail since his arrest Dec. 30 in Augusta, where he allegedly fled after he repeatedly stabbed Stephanie Gilliland, 20, of Benton. Gilliland’s body had been discovered earlier that day on the kitchen floor of Hunnewell’s Summit Avenue apartment. The young woman 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, according to the police affidavit submitted during his initial court appearance Dec. 31.

Hunnewell also faces charges of assault, terrorizing and criminal trespass while allegedly harassing a man he believed was courting Gilliland.

Hunnewell appeared Wednesday before Justice Margaret Kravchuk in Superior Court wearing jeans, sneakers and a long-sleeved jersey. His handcuffs were removed at the door to the courtroom, but Hunnewell’s ankle shackles were left on. He glanced quickly around the courtroom, repeatedly licking his lips.

During the hearing, Kravchuk ordered Hunnewell held in jail without bail, and granted the state’s motion for hair, blood and footprint samples to be taken from him.

Two weeks ago, Hunnewell’s attorney, John Alsop of Norridgewock, continued a bail hearing originally set for Jan. 5, saying state police reports on the homicide were not available and he felt ill-prepared to proceed. He brought up the issue of timeliness again Wednesday in court.

“I have been provided nothing for discovery,” Alsop told Justice Kravchuk. He said that there was a huge backlog of work at the Maine State Police headquarters because typists were not available. He said that one of the reasons he was going to request a bail hearing was to force the state to produce investigative documents.

Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchesi, who is prosecuting Hunnewell, said, “I have not been holding anything back from Mr. Alsop. He knows that.”

Marchesi said the investigation of the alleged murder is continuing and that the state’s criminal division was without secretaries for two days during the recent ice storm. “To provide a discovery packet within 45 days for a homicide case is practically unheard of,” Marchesi said.

Kravchuk agreed, giving the state 21 days from Wednesday to provide all discovery material already compiled.

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