Letter to the Editor: Maine AG office thanked for aggressive child murder prosecution

I would like to thank the Criminal Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office for the aggressiveness of the prosecution in the recent trial of Jessica Trefethen, which was guilty of the murder by depraved indifference of his 3-year-old son, Maddox Williams. I attended the trial and saw Assistant Attorneys General Leane Zainea and John Risler conduct a thorough and meticulous prosecution, presenting expert witnesses as well as conclusive evidence to the jury.

Their extensive research, organization of details, and in-depth knowledge of court protocol was evident. As a state senator, I think it’s good to know that the people of Maine can count on these dedicated professionals. Their expertise and thoroughness were evident as the jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a unanimous guilty verdict. Maine is fortunate to have such a professional criminal division, led by Division Chief Lisa Marchese.

A stark revelation among the evidence were photos of the nearly uninhabitable living conditions inside the Trefethen home, where the Maine Department of Health and Human Services placed Maddox. I sincerely hope that the tragic and horrific details of this case revealed at trial will result in meaningful change at DHHS, so that no more children die.

Bill Diamond
Democratic State Senator

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