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George Jaime Trial Underway

| November 12, 2013

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The murder trial of a Presque Isle pawnshop owner is underway. Tuesday morning in Houlton Superior Court the prosecution and defense presented their opening arguments in the case against 76-year-old George Jaime. Jaime is charged with intentional or knowing murder in connection with the death of Star Vining, who went missing more than 15 years ago. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson spoke to a jury of fifteen telling what he calls “an extremely sad” story that began in 1998. Benson alleges that Vining and Jaime were in a toxic relationship, and one night that fall he killed her in a drunken rage, stabbing her in the torso and hitting her on the head with the bottom of the knife. This all came out in an interview between detectives and Jaime’s son, Ted Jaime, who allegedly helped with the cleanup of Vining’s body. That interview took place in the summer of 2012, before Jaime was arrested. Defense attorney Jeff Silverstein argued that the prosecution has no evidence that Jaime did this, as Vining’s body was never found. Two witnesses were called to the stand in the morning. Frederick Donnatelli, who used to live in Jaime’s apartment building, and Donna Nelson, the former bakery and deli supervisor at Smythe’s IGA where Vining used to work. The trial is expected to go through the end of this week and possibly into the next.

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