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10 December 2023

Man had a ‘crush’ on girl he’s accused of killing


The stepbrother of a man charged with killing a teenager 37 years ago in Maine says his brother had a “crush” on the 16-year-old girl.

Sammy Powers testified that Philip Scott Fournier made the comment in the week before Joyce McLain was beaten to death.

The 57-year-old Fournier is on trial in the 1980 East Millinocket killing. McLain disappeared when she went out for a jog. Her body was found two days after her disappearance, clothed only in her socks and running shoes.

On the night of the disappearance, Fournier stole and wrecked a fuel truck, causing a severe head injury that left him in a coma for eight days.

His attorney says that affected his memory. He gave police several accounts of what happened. He was arrested in 2016.