PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Opening arguments are getting under way in Maine in the murder trial of a Massachusetts man charged with fatally shooting the mother of his four children and a longtime friend.
Joel Hayden, 30,of New Bedford, Mass., is charged in the deaths of Renee Sandora, 27,of New Gloucester, andTrevor Mills, 28,also of New Bedford.
Police say Hayden shot the pair outside Sandora's home on July 26, 2011. Court document say Sandora and Hayden's 7-year-old son watched the shootings, while the couple's three other children were strapped into a car parked nearby.
According to an affidavit, Sandora's parents told investigators Sandora had recently kicked Hayden out of their home, and that she had told them Hayden had accused her of having a relationship with Mills.