Medical examiner cites multiple shotgun wounds in Cushing deathTenants Harbor man charged with murder
Cushing — State Police have charged a Tenants Harbor man with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Cushing man Thursday night, according to a press release from Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.
In custody is 40-year-old Andrew Kierstead, who was being held for evaluation at PenBay Medical Center in Rockport, according to police. A hospital spokesperson said Sept. 28 that Kierstead was in the special care unit, which is the PenBay's name for the intensive care unit.
Kierstead is charged in connection with the death of 48-year-old Richard Mills of Far Meadow Lane in Cushing, McCausland said.
Mills died from multiple shotgun wounds, according to Mark Belserene of the Maine Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta. The death was ruled a homicide after a three-hour autopsy conducted Sept. 28.
Kierstead was taken into custody by Knox County Sheriff's deputies after they were called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. on Sept. 27, police said.
McCausland said Friday morning in a phone interview that the two men did know each other.
"We're looking into the circumstances, trying to piece together what sparked this violence," McCausland said.
State Police detectives worked through the night gathering evidence at 40 Far Meadow Lane, processing the scene and conducting interviews. McCausland said investigators were pretty much done processing the scene by Friday morning.
He said Mills lived alone at the property on Far Meadow Lane and no one else was there when the shooting took place.
Friday morning, McCausland said police were still monitoring Kierstead's condition at PenBay Medical Center. If and when he is released from the hospital, he will be taken to Knox County Jail in Rockland.
According to Rockland District Court records, Kierstead was in court Nov. 24, 2011, on a failure to appear from a contempt hearing for failing to pay an oil bill. He paid $200 cash bail.
On Jan. 9, 2001, he received a summons for operating an unregistered snowmobile.
Staff at the Cushing Town Office said they did not know much about Mills, other than he usually came into the town office each year to get a hunting license.