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Landlord suspect in killing of 2 to plead insanity

June 7, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine landlord suspected of killing two teenagers in an apartment at his Biddeford home is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity when he appears in court in Alfred on Tuesday.

James Pak, 75, has been held without bail since his arrest in December 2012 for the shooting deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Alivia Welch, 18, after a dispute over late rent, snow shoveling and parking.

Pak has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

Police say the shooting occurred in the apartment that Pak rented to Thompson and his mother, Susan Johnson, 44.

Police visited the apartment shortly before the shooting after Thompson had complained that Pak had been yelling at him and threatening him. An affidavit says the two officers determined deemed the argument a civil matter and left.

Pak is expected to enter the new plea during a hearing Tuesday in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes confirmed the expected plea change Friday to the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1oHsl8X) but he would not provide any details.

Pak’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

Minutes before the shootings Thompson had called police to report that Pak was yelling and threatening him and banging on his door.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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