Man Accused Of Setting Fatal Bangor Truck Fire On Trial
The double murder trial for a Bangor transient accused of setting a delivery truck on fire and killing two others who were inside is set to begin this week.
It was nearly a year ago, on March 28th, when fire officials responded to a report of a burning delivery truck, in a parking lot underneath the Penobscot Bridge. Once the flames were extinguished, fire officials found the bodies of 43-year-old Michael Bridges and 36-year-old Desiree York. John De St. Croix was arrested two days later and charged with two counts of murder.
Court documents indicate that De St. Croix told authorities that he and the victims had been drinking in the hours prior to the deaths. According to the Kennebec Journal, police say De St.Croix was the one who called 911 and that he confessed to setting the fire, however he's pleaded not guilty in the case.
Jury selection was due to start on Monday, and the trial was tentatively set to begin on Tuesday. De St.Croix faces 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.