SKOWHEGAN — Opening arguments were heard Monday in Somerset County Superior Court in the murder trial of a Norridgewock man accused of killing a North Anson man three years ago in a drug-related slaying.
Robert Lee Nelson, 41, is accused of shooting Everett L. Cameron to death as Cameron sat in his truck on Town Farm Road in North Anson on Oct. 31, 2009.
Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber said Nelson was looking for oxycodone pills and that Cameron had been selling his prescription painkillers to supplement his disability income. Cameron was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2004.
Macomber said Cameron, 60, had given Nelson a pill earlier, but Nelson was unable to pay the $35.
Both Everett J. Cameron Sr., the victim’s son, and Virginia Hayden, the victim’s fiancee, said Cameron told them he was going to meet Nelson near Town Farm Road on the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2009.
Macomber said witnesses will testify that Nelson was intoxicated on drugs later that day.
“Common sense will tell you when someone doesn’t have any oxycodone in the morning but does in the afternoon and evening, he got them in the afternoon,” said Macomber.
Defense attorney Philip Mohlar said Cameron had been selling his oxycodone pills for years and that many people would have had a motive to kill him if he didn’t give up the drugs.
“Mr. Cameron was a drug dealer. There’s no way to sugarcoat that,” said Mohlar.
Everett J. Cameron Sr. and Hayden testified during the morning portion of the trial.
The trial will continue into the afternoon. It is expected to last six days.