The defense for Andrew J. Kierstead, the Tenants Harbor man charged with murder, has filed a motion to exclude statements made by the defendant the night of the September killing.

Attorney Steven C. Peterson of West Rockport filed a motion in Knox County Superior Court to exclude statements made to police by Kierstead, contending statements made by his client the night of the murder were not voluntary as he was intoxicated on drugs and alcohol and not of sound conscious state, according to the court file.

Kierstead, 40, was arrested Sept. 27 and indicted Oct. 10 by a Knox County grand jury for the murder of Richard Mills.

According to the police affidavit, Kierstead said he fired a shotgun repeatedly at Mills outside the victim’s home at 40 Far Meadow Lane in Cushing because the victim had hooked him on drugs and had been supplying him for 10 or 15 years, but then shut him off for not paying money owed.

Investigators said they found five 12-gauge shells near the truck.

Kierstead told police that after he shot Mills, he took pills with the intent to overdose, according to the affidavit, but when woke up, he hoped it was a dream, but went outside and saw Mills and called 911.

Peterson also filed a motion to move the trial to another location, citing extensive pre-trial media coverage in print, online and on television may cause a potential prejudice of jurors.

Inside the residence, officers found a suicide note, one empty methadone pill bottle, one empty hydrocodone bottle, one hydrocodone bottle containing four tablets and one hydrocodone bottle containing 27 tablets.

The autopsy performed by the Maine medical examiner’s office found four wounds to Mills’ front with 12-gauge slugs and one birdshot wound to his right buttock.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea will serve as the prosecution.

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