Witnesses in murder trial recount defendant’s jealousy leading up to slaying

FARMINGTON — The trial of a former Jay man charged with murder in the death of his longtime girlfriend entered its second day Tuesday with witnesses’ testifying about the defendant’s jealous behavior in the months leading up to the slaying at the home the couple shared.

James “Ted” Sweeney, 58, is accused of killing Wendy Douglass, 51, with a softball bat while she slept at the home at 5 Jewell St. in Jay on July 11, 2017. He has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity and waived a jury trial. James Sweeney appears in Androscoggin County Superior Court in July 2017, when he faced a judge for the first time on a charge of murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Wendy Douglass. Wendy Douglass Sweeney, who is deaf, went to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn on the morning of the killing and gave an officer a note asking police to check on Douglass because he “hurt” her.

Family members testified Tuesday before Justice William Stokes in Franklin County Superior Court that Sweeney used their vehicles to follow Douglass to try to see who she was seeing. Once he was seen in a parking lot wearing […]

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