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Bangor man pleads not guilty to killing girlfriend

June 19, 2013

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Bangor, Maine, man accused of killing his 49-year-old girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.

David Coon entered the plea Wednesday in Superior Court. He’s charged with murder in the death of Sherry Clifford, who died from asphyxiation and a neck injury.

A police affidavit indicates Coon told investigators that the two were on the floor in a tussle when he covered her mouth to keep her from screaming. He says she was having breathing difficulties when he got up, so he dialed 911.

Police described it as a domestic violence homicide.

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