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Windham man charged with murder for shooting wife makes initial court appearance
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Noah Gaston made his first court appearance in connection with the shooting death of his wife Alicia. Gaston admits shooting her inside their Windham home on the morning of January 14th. He says he mistook her for an intruder. He was not required to enter a plea Today.

In the police affidavit investigators cited inconsistencies in Noah Gaston’s statements. He changed his story about his wife’s location on the stairs when she was shot. He also said he and his wife did  not argue that morning. But his 8- year old daughter told police she heard her parents arguing in their scared voices. The case will be presented to a grand jury which will decide if there is enough evidence to warrant the murder charge.

“Ultimately it’s the grand jury that decides by voting on what charges are in the indictment. The state makes a recommendation and we are proceeding with this as a murder charge”, said Assistant Attorney General Deb Cashman.

Gaston’s attorney says this is not a murder case.

“I think the evidence, once it’s out, is going to make clear it was a tragedy, but it was an accident not a murder”, said Luke Rioux, Gaston’s attorney.

After this morning’s proceeding Gaston was taken back to the Cumberland County Jail where he's being held without bail. A bail hearing could be scheduled for him in the future.


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