Arline Lawless, the 25-year-old woman accused of killing her boyfriend in July 2012, will begin a trial in Lincoln County Superior Court in August, a little more than a year after his death.

The trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, confirmed a clerk at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

The defendant was arrested Aug. 15, 2012, and charged with intentional or knowing murder for the shooting death of 34-year-old Norman Benner.

She pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity in September.

The affidavit said Lawless sent Benner text messages on the weekend of the shooting to get Benner to come to the house they were living at on Friendship Road in Waldoboro. The affidavit also said Benner had told his mother and sister he planned to break off the relationship with Lawless and then return to his family’s residence to sleep.

After not hearing from Benner, his mother and sister went to the Friendship Road house July 23 and found Benner deceased in his bed, said court documents.

According to a police affidavit, Lawless said she shot her boyfriend because she feared he was going to leave her for another woman.

Lawless told police she shot Benner one time while he was asleep, and then shot herself one time about five minutes later. When Waldoboro police arrived, Lawless was incoherent and injured next to Benner, the affidavit said.

The gun that was used, a .22-caliber revolver, reportedly belonged to Jeremy McPhee, the owner of the Friendship Road house. Benner died of an apparent close contact gunshot wound to the back of the head, the affidavit said.

Lawless is represented by Philip Cohen of Waldoboro and Jeremy Pratt of Camden.

Assistant Attorney General Deborah Cashman serves as the prosecution.

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