January 24

Vassalboro man indicted on murder charge in driver’s slaying

A hearing in Courtney Shea’s case is set for Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A Vassalboro man has been indicted on a charge of intentional and knowing murder in the Nov. 21, 2013, stabbing death of Thomas A. Namer, 69, of Waterville.

A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up the indictment Friday against Courtney D. Shea, 30, who has been in custody since the day after Namer’s death.

Shea called police early on Nov. 22 to say a body was in his driveway. Later he told investigators that he had blacked out and killed Namer after Namer touched him sexually.

Shea said he had called Namer for a ride that night. Namer, who lived previously in the Augusta area, had a reputation for giving people rides home from bars late at night.

Shea said when he got in the car, Namer sexually propositioned him. Shea also told police he had been sexually abused at age 5 by one of his mother’s boyfriends and at age 11 by Namer himself, according to an affidavit filed in the case by Maine State Police Detective Abbe Chabot.

Shea told police he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of all the abuse and was taking prescription medication for it. He and others said he had been drinking heavily the night of Nov. 21.

At one point early on Nov. 22, Shea told family members he had killed Namer and asked them to help bury him, according to Chabot’s affidavit. They refused, and Shea ended up calling police.

Shea is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“The defense has asked for certain investigative information unrelated to the case but related to other contacts people had with the victim,” said the prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes.

Shea’s attorney, Brad Grant, was out of the office later Friday and not reachable for comment.

At Shea’s initial court appearance, friends of Namer contrasted his small size and height – less than 5-foot-5 – with Shea’s 250-pound, 6-foot-3 size. One of them also said Namer spoke frequently of his friend Shea.

Betty Adams — 621-5631 badams@centralmaine.com Twitter: @betadams
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