Augusta man pleads not guilty in girlfriend’s stabbing death


AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge that he stabbed his girlfriend to death late last year in the Crosby Street apartment they shared.

Justin Pillsbury, 39, entered his plea during arraignment proceedings in Kennebec County Superior Court, Assistant Attorney General Williams Stokes said.

Pillsbury, who is being held without bail at Kennebec County Jail, was arrested and charged with murder on Nov. 15 of last year, two days after his girlfriend, 24-year-old Jillian Jones, was found dead in the bathroom of the Augusta apartment where the two were staying. An autopsy revealed Jones died from the stab wounds.

An affidavit filed with Kennebec County Superior Court last November said that Pillsbury allegedly told a roommate he stabbed her while blacked out after catching her on the phone with another man.

Police said when they arrived at the scene, Jones had cuts under her chin, on her neck and on her left ear. Pillsbury had been hospitalized with his own stab wounds, which police say were self-inflicted.

Pillsbury was arrested and interviewed after he was released from the hospital. During that interview, Pillsbury reportedly confessed to killing Jones, according to the Maine State Police detective who conducted the interview.