Black to be sentenced in September

By Juliette Laaka | Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: Juliette Laaka Charles Black walks into the Knox County Superior Court room at the beginning of his trial in July. Black was convicted of attempted murder and will be sentenced in September.

Rockland — Charles Reed Black, the former Camden man convicted of attempting to kill his then-wife in 2011 by pushing her off Maiden Cliff will be sentenced for the crime in September.

A jury of 11 women and one man deliberated for an hour and a half July 21 before finding 71-year-old Black guilty of six counts, including attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault.

The sentencing hearing is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said the sentence will likely be a life sentence for Black due to his age coupled with the severity of the charges. Black could face up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Black wanted his former wife, Lisa Zahn, 55, dead so he could the reap benefits of her healthy financial situation and start a new life with a mistress he had recently started an affair with. He was convicted of attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault.

Following the reading of the verdict, Zahn of Camden cried and hugged former Maine State Police Detective Dean Jackson, prosecutors Rushlau and Christopher Fernald after the verdict was read. Her two daughters were by her side.

Black appeared emotionless and was led from the courtroom to the Knox County Jail, where he is being held.

Defense attorney Walt McKee said he was disappointed by the verdict, and believed there was sufficient reasonable doubt. He previously said he is not if he will appeal the verdict.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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