Charges dropped against one in Buxton home invasion

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Charges have been dropped against one of the three people accused of brutally beating a woman in Buxton, after information comes out that the defendant was in Portland while the crime was taking place.

Michael Crockett Junior had been charged with aggravated assault and robbery in connection with the beating of Deborah Nielsen. She told police she walked in on 3 people trying to steal things from her house, when she was tied up and assaulted.

But Crockett's attorney, Amy Fairfield, hired a private detective who was able to find both video and sworn testimony to back up Crockett's story that he was actually playing pool with friends when the crime happened. Crockett said Friday that he's relieved the charges have been dropped, but he doesn't think the daily threats on his life are going to stop. He said Buxton Police owe him an apology.

"I think they took the easy way out," Crockett said. "I think they wanted the publicity of closing this case without presenting the facts."

Fairfield believes the investigator also found evidence that other two people charged in this case didn't do it either.

NEWS CENTER was told Buxton's police chief is out of town and unavailable for comment, but that police are still investigating the crime, and there may be other arrests.


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