BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of the two men accused of killing three people before burning their bodies in a parked car in Bangor pleaded not guilty Thursday just hours after police in Massachusetts arrested a second suspect.
Randall “Ricky” Daluz, 34, of Brockton, Mass., made his first appearance in a Maine courtroom after being returned from Massachusetts to face three counts of murder and arson. About four hours earlier, Nicholas Sexton, 31, of Warwick, R.I., was arrested in Brockton. He faces the same charges.
Sexton’s lawyer indicated he’ll fight extradition, delaying his return to Maine.
Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese indicated during the brief hearing in Penobscot County Superior that the state will seek to try both cases together.
Court documents in Massachusetts indicated Daluz blamed the killings on Sexton, who was arrested by a tactical team at about 4 a.m. He was due in court Thursday on a fugitive-from-justice charge.
Both men were indicted last week in Penobscot County in the deaths of three Maine residents whose bodies were found inside a burning car with Rhode Island plates in a parking lot early on Aug. 13. Maine authorities said the victims were shot before the car was torched.
The victims are identified as Daniel Thomas Borders, 26, of Hermon; Nicolle Ashley Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; and Lucas Alan Tuscano, 28, of Bradford.
Sexton was tracked with the help Rhode Island State Police, the FBI and U.S. Marshals.
Authorities received a tip that led to a Brockton woman’s home, where Sexton may have been staying, according to a statement from Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio.
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