A man who was accused of killing his girlfriend in a hit-and-run at Acadia National Park has been found guilty of intentional or knowing murder.

Where Did This Happen?

Nikole Mokeme of South Portland was just 35 years old when she was struck and killed by a vehicle on the campus of Schoodic Education and Research Center in the middle of a June night in 2022. Her death was ruled a homicide and Maine State Police put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for her former boyfriend, Raymond Lester, and his vehicle, a black BMW X3.

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Mokeme was the founder and Executive Creative Director of the Rise and Shine Youth Retreat, a rejuvenation center for the enrichment and liberation of black people in Maine and beyond. She left behind her family, including her daughter, Delaney.

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Who Was the Suspect?

About a month later, Raymond Lester of Portland was found in Cancun, Mexico after police learned that he had fled the country. He was charged with murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Maine State Police revealed that Lester and Mokeme had been in a relationship previously and that he had a history of domestic violence.

How Long Did It Take for the Jury to Reach a Verdict?

Lester was in court this week and has been found guilty of intentional or knowing murder. WABI-TV reports the jury was out for just 2 hours before reaching the verdict. He will be sentenced at a later date.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, Partners for Peace encourages you to reach out. Counselors are available 24/7 on the free and confidential helpline at 1-800-863-9909.

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