Thursday, December 5, 2013
AUGUSTA — Travis J. Lawler, the former Marine sentenced July 29 for killing his sister and her boyfriend in a drunken-driving crash, did not appear at a hearing Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.
The hearing on the motion to vacate a stay of execution was now moot, Justice Michaela Murphy ruled, because Lawler was serving his prison sentence.
"As far as the court is concerned, Somerset (County) takes it from here," Murphy told Charles T. Ferris, the attorney standing in for Scott Gurney, Lawler's attorney.
Lawler had received a delay until Sept. 6 to start serving the sentence; however, he was charged with violation of a condition of release for an incident July 31 in Fairfield.
She said Lawler would have to be taken later to Somerset County to deal with that charge.
The 23-year-old former Oakland man was found by Officer Matthew Wilcox of the Fairfield police after witnesses reported a shoeless, shirtless man hitting cars and assaulting people about 8:22 p.m.
Wilcox reported seeing a man walking around who was "noncooperative, yelling and talking nonstop but not making any sense," according to Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt's motion to revoke Lawler's bail.
The document filed in Kennebec County Superior Court says officers found a bag of marijuana in Lawler's pocket and suspected he had taken an illicit drug, such as spice or bath salts, so Lawler was taken to a hospital.
He was arrested and taken to the Kennebec County jail at 11:50 p.m. Aug. 2 after a warrant was issued by Judge John O'Neil, who ordered Lawler held without bail pending a court hearing.
O'Neil on July 29 had sentenced Lawler to nine years in prison with all but four years suspended and three years' probation.
The June 16, 2012, crash killed Kristin Lawler, 20, and her boyfriend, Jackson Bolduc, 25, of Belgrade; and it injured Dylan Desroches, then 20, of Waterville.
According to information on the Department of Corrections website, Lawler is at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.