Medical examiner cites multiple shotgun wounds in Cushing death

Tenants Harbor man charged with murder
By Staff | Sep 27, 2012
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies and Cushing Rescue respond to a shooting at 40 Far Meadow Road in Cushing Sept. 27. The sign at the end of the driveway on the left says "Mills," named for the resident.

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.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Jack Rich | Sep 29, 2012 23:42

I know you meant well Linda. With all respect everyone needs to ponder before posting.I am just a bit defensive about this.Too many awesome stories about Richard's character to tell! I wish he knew how much I learned from him the past 9 years. He was humorous,humble,kind,opinionated,gifted,loyal,...he never let anyone convince him he couldn't,a fine balance of intelligence and adventure.



Posted by: Jack Rich | Sep 29, 2012 23:29

I know you meant well Linda. You haven't seen him in years so please don't plant seeds on the net. With all respect.Too many awesome stories about Richard's character to tell! I wish he knew how much I learned from him the past 9 years. He was humorous,humble,kind,opinionated,gifted,loyal,...he never let anyone convince him he couldn't,a fine balance of intelligence and adventure.



Posted by: Linda Joy Haskell | Sep 29, 2012 23:09

I so didnt mean it in any hurtful way. he was very young and acted like a young man. I didnt mean to imply it was a lifelong struggle, just a young man finding his way. I have very fond memories of Richard. I lost touch years ago and was just remembering that time I knew him. ...

 



Posted by: Jack Rich | Sep 29, 2012 23:08

May I add....for you Richard...."Go Pats!" Love you brother.

 



Posted by: Jack Rich | Sep 29, 2012 22:55

Linda,your point is appreciated but so wrong for bringing up what you did.I will defend him and Andy.Richard was one in a million.But posting comments like "struggling with alcohol" are so inappropriate.This is not about you. His family and friends read this.Richard was amazing.I have a million great memories of him. Even before he built his house,people doubted him,he had a dream,he did it.He inspired.My heart goes out to his family and everyone shocked by this. R.I.P. "Millsy"



Posted by: Linda Joy Haskell | Sep 29, 2012 18:24

It made me sad to see the victim seem to be so nameless and faceless. I don't know who Richard became but 25 years ago he was my employee. He was a quiet young man but had a good heart. He loved the outdoor life. Hunting, and fishing were the things he was avid about. After 5 years we parted ways due to his struggle with alcohol. I have wondered over the years how his life turned out and this is a troubled ending for a young man who started out with much promise.



Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Sep 29, 2012 09:44

andy was a top knotch carpter had two belife this happened



Posted by: Justin D Ford | Sep 28, 2012 18:20

Andy grew up in Camden - he graduated from C-R High in 1991.



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