Conn. man charged in egg farm shooting

AUBURN — A Connecticut man faces a manslaughter charge stemming from the August shooting of a Lewiston man at a Turner egg farm.

An Androscoggin County grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday for Michael Warbin, 44, of Franklin, Conn., on the charge punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Warbin fatally shot Manuel Adame, 57, on Aug. 19 using a Smith and Wesson rifle equipped with a scope, according to the indictment.

A summons was issued with a court date.

The shooting occurred at Moark egg farm, formerly owned by Jack DeCoster and now owned by Land O'Lakes. Adame had been a worker at the farm for several years, police said.

At the time of the shooting a Moark spokeswoman said, according to police, the shot was fired by a pest control professional working at the facility under contract.

According to McCausland, that worker — Warbin — was shooting a .22-caliber rifle to kill rodents and stray chickens inside one of the farm's chicken barns that was being cleaned out.

Adame died from a gunshot wound to the chest and neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maine.

Warbin is not an employee of Moark, but was working at the farm under contract, according to a Moark spokeswoman.

Following the shooting, Maine State Police interviewed Warbin, who was described as cooperative.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also investigated the shooting.

Adame's relatives in Texas were notified of his death.

cwilliams@sunjournal.com

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to clarify information attributed to a Moark spokeswoman that should have been attributed to McCausland.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I just can't fathem the idea..........

It completely amazes me just how stupid someone can actually be. Anyone stupid enough to enter an occupied work facility, and start shooting a firearm to eradicate rats and chickens is absolutely mind blowing.
I spent many years in the trucking industry. There, safety is drilled into your head on a daily basis. For obvious reasons. Even after that, I went to work in the Robotics field. Even there, we were constantly updated on safety issues regarding machinery, chemicals, all sorts of things.
Evidently, this guy didn't think that shooting a gun in an occupied area was dangerous, not only that, I'm sure there were people around him who heard the gunshots. Didn't anyone raise a concern? I know I would have. It just blows my mind what some people are capable of these days.....................

DANNY FITZSIMMONS's picture

I dont understand

why is the head honchos at the company not on trial as they should be the ones held liable, opps that's right the supreme court ruled that corporations have the same rights as people I guess except when they commit crimes then it is like you cant prosecute them their a corporation and besides I might just have to play golf with them rich murderers so I will give them all the rights and none of the penalties oh we might just fine them. murderers don't get fined they get imprisoned!! ...The Supreme court what a bunch of political slime!!!

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