AUBURN — A jury this afternoon in Androscoggin County Superior Court found Buddy Robinson guilty of the murder of Christiana Fesmire.
Robinson was charged in the murder of 22-year-old Fesmire, both of Lewiston. Fesmire had been missing since early July 2011, and her body has not been found.
Defense attorney Edward "Ted" Dilworth talked to a Sun Journal reporter after the verdict. He said Robinson "put his hands in the fate of the public and the jury. He accepts that result and he's looking forward to going forward.
"We will review the evidence for the possibility of appeal. At this point, he's accepting the decision of the jury," Dilworth said.
"He said he understood. He accepted that was the decision of the people he came in front of and he accepts that for now. He'll evaluate his options, what he needs to do to move forward in his life," said Dilworth.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who prosecuted the case, said after the verdict that the state is "very pleased with the jury's verdict. They clearly considered the evidence very, very carefully and made the appropriate conclusion."
Benson noted, "We were always concerned about the testimony of our witnesses. I mean some of our witnesses . . . we were always concerned about them."
Many of the prosecution's witnesses were granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.
"But they accorded themselves quite well. In any case, I'm always concerned, especially a case that's a circumstantial case."
Benson said "it's very unusual" to prosecute a murder case when no body has been recovered to link the defendant to the victim.
But because her blood was found in her apartment where she was killed as well as in the back of the car in which her body was transported, the court was satisfied the state had proved a crime had been committed, he said.
Chester Fesmire, Christiana's father, spoke for her family, including her mother, her sister and two brothers, after the verdict.
We've had a huge burden lifted off of us right now," he said. "It's just a big relief to have this part of it all over with."
He said he hopes Robinson shares the sorrow her family is experiencing. Fesmire's mother, Deborah, said she hopes Robinson will be sentenced to life in prison or until he is "a very old man."
No sentencing date was set.