BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bangor man facing murder charges in connection to the death of his girlfriend is being held with out bail.
David Coon, 50, said that he understands the murder charges against him, when he went before a judge at the Penobscot Judicial Center Tuesday afternoon. He is being accused of murdering his 49-year-old live in girlfriend, Sherry Clifford, who police found Friday night at the couple's Jefferson Street Apartment in Bangor.
According to Court documents, Coon had called 911, saying that Clifford had "drank herself to death." He later told police that they had gotten into an argument and that he pinned Clifford to the floor and covered her mouth to quiet her.
An autopsy performed on Clifford's body over the weekend revealed that Clifford's death was determined to be caused by asphyxiation with some neck compression. A medical examiner also discovered hemorrhaging in the neck region just under her jaw bone.
Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the case would not comment about the murder charges. Coon's lawyer, Jeffrey Silverstein, described his client as emotionally distressed and said that he never meant for any of this to happen.
"He's very distraught over the circumstances," said Silverstein. "He cared very much for Miss Clifford. He is distressed over her loss and is anguished."
Spruce Run is one organization that heldps those affected by domestic violence. According to it's Project Coordinator, Amanda Cost, half of the homicides this year in Maine have been Domestic Violence related.
"We know for sure already in 2013 there have been 8 homicides and 4 of them have been domestic violence related," said Cost.
There is a 24-hour confidential hotline you can call with Spruce Run at 1-800-863-9909, or you can visit their website to find out more about the services available to you at www.sprucerun.net.
Coon is being held at the Penobscot County Jail. A bail hearing has been scheduled for May 21st