January 25, 2013

Seattle man returned to Maine for trial on 1976 murder charge

Gary Sanford Raub, 64, was delivered Friday afternoon to the Kennebec County jail


AUGUSTA -- A homeless Seattle man accused of killing of Augusta woman more than 30 years ago has returned to Maine.

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Gary Raub arrives at 4:23 p.m. on Friday at Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

Gary Sanford Raub, 64, was delivered Friday afternoon to the Kennebec County jail, where he is expected to be held without bail until his arraignment on a murder charge next week.

A Kennebec County grand jury indicted Raub in October on charges of murder and criminal homicide in the first degree. He was arrested in Seattle later that month on a warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice.

Raub was originally expected to complete his extradition to Maine last month but the process was delayed when Raub suffered an unspecified medical problem. Raub recovered and two detectives retrieved Raub from New Hampshire on Friday and drove him to Maine, said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Raub, who was known as Gary Robert Wilson at the time, is charged in the 1976 stabbing death of retired practical nurse and dental technician Blanche M. Kimball, 70, in her State Street home. Kimball was stabbed numerous times.

Raub had been a boarder at Kimball's home for a time, but he told investigators who questioned him shortly after her death that he had moved out previously, and he denied involvement in her killing.

Raub, according to Seattle police records, "is transient with no known addresses, work locations, or relatives in this area." He's also described as a "flight-risk and a danger to the community."

It also says Raub has 10 felony convictions for violation of Washington's Uniform Controlled Substance Act and theft and 15 misdemeanor convictions, and they classify him as "armed/dangerous."

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