2016-09-14 / Front Page

Man pleads not guilty to killing neighbor with machete

Senior Staff Writer

ALFRED — A 58-yearold Limington man has denied he killed his neighbor in a brutal attack with a machete, then tried to conceal the crime by hiding his victim’s body under decomposing deer carcasses.

Bruce Akers on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murder at York County Superior Court in connection with the June 9 death of 55-year-old Douglas Flint.

York County Sheriff ’s deputies say the killing may have stemmed from a recent disagreement between the men over a six-pack of beer. The two had an acrimonious relationship for some time and had a history of disagreements and property disputes, court documents revealed.

Police say search dogs uncovered Flint’s body on Akers’ three-acre property in Limington, underneath several rotting deer carcasses.

According to court documents, Flint’s body was found by a Maine State Police dog behind Akers’ camper home on the morning of June 11. The court affidavit prepared by Maine State Police Detective Corey Pike said an autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner showed Flint died of “severe and extensive blunt and sharp injuries of the head and neck with almost total decapitation.”

A machete was found in Akers’ camper. It tested positive for blood, according to the court documents.

Sgt. Steve Thistlewood and Deputy Robert Carr of York County Sheriff ’s Office searched Flint’s property after Flint was reported missing by family members, and then made their way to Akers’ camper home, off a shared dirt driveway.

According to the affidavit, they asked if Flint was still alive, and Akers allegedly shook his head “no.” They said Akers had a cut on his finger, scratches on his shins, back, right arm and right pectoral and a red mark on his abdomen.

“The guy just wouldn’t leave me alone,” Akers allegedly told deputies. “I actually would have called you guys right away, but I wanted a few hours of freedom ... and enjoy it. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it that much.”

If convicted of the Class A felony, Akers could be sentenced to life in prison. The minimum prison sentence for murder is 25 years.

Akers is being held without bail at York County Jail.

A status conference has been set for Nov. 18.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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