AUBURN — The blood spattered on the bathroom door and under a radiator in the apartment in which Christiana Fesmire lived on Highland Avenue in Lewiston matched the DNA profile taken from her two toothbrushes and her hairbrush, a Maine Crime Lab DNA forensics analyst testified Wednesday.
Jennifer Sabean also testified in Androscoggin County Superior Court that blood found in the trunk of a black Lexus kept at the 36 Highland Ave. apartment matched Fesmire's DNA.
Police believe Buddy Robinson, 30, who lived upstairs from Fesmire on Highland Avenue, beat and drowned her in her downstairs apartment on the morning of July 1. They think he wrapped her dead body in a blanket, put it in the trunk of the Lexus and drove it to a wooded area and dumped it. The remains of Fesmire, 22, have not been recovered.
The state is hoping to show a judge that Robinson shouldn't be allowed bail pending trial on a murder charge. On Wednesday, the state rested its case in the bail hearing after presenting witnesses for more than three days. The defense called several witnesses Wednesday afternoon, but had one remaining person it hoped to put on the witness stand who couldn't make it to court.
Prosecutors built their case against Robinson as witnesses testified that Buddy Robinson or his sister, Brandi, who also lived upstairs at the Highland Avenue apartment, made statements incriminating Buddy Robinson.
Brandi Robinson told police that her brother told her he fought with Fesmire on the morning of July 1 in her apartment. She said he confided that he had hit her head on the bathtub then sat on her until she drowned in the bathtub.
Buddy Robinson's attorney, Edward "Ted" Dilworth, has sought to cast doubt on his client's guilt by pointing a finger at Robinson's sister, who apparently had a rocky relationship with Fesmire, once had a physical fight with her and had been holding thousands of dollars of Fesmire's money. Dilworth quizzed witnesses who said Brandi Robinson had a tendency to fabricate stories and was controlling of people, including her brother.
Two of Fesmire's friends testified Wednesday that they thought they remembered they had seen her at their Brown Street home on the afternoon of July 1, despite the belief of police that she was killed that morning.
But, during cross-examination by Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, both witnesses admitted they might have been mistaken about the date. Fesmire had gone to a bar with them on June 30 and then gone back to their home to spend the night.
Brandi Robinson told police Fesmire arrived at Highland Avenue on the morning of July 1 to get some belongings and had planned to drive the black Lexus to Rangeley for a family gathering. She was never seen again.
Maine State Police Sgt. Scott Gosselin, a former detective, testified Wednesday that he found blood spattered on the lower hinges of the bathroom door and under a radiator in Fesmire's apartment at Highland Avenue. He swabbed the two spots and sent them to the Maine Crime Lab. He also noticed what appeared to be blood spattered on the lower part of the toilet and on windowsills in the kitchen, he said. He also found spatter on the baseboard and could see a reddish-brown stain in the sink drain, he said.
The spattered drops of blood likely moved with medium velocity, said Gosselin, who had studied the science of blood spatter during special training for several weeks. Asked what direction the blood appeared to be coming from, he said it likely had been a moving source.
Wednesday was the first time public testimony of physical evidence linked Fesmire to the suspected crime scene.
Another Maine State Police detective testified Wednesday that he found blood had soaked into carpeting in the trunk of the black Lexus parked at 36 Highland Ave. and had pooled at the bottom of a metal well under where the jack is stored.
Sabean said two of three samples taken from the trunk matched Fesmire's DNA. The remaining sample was consistent with her DNA, Sabean said.