Deliberations to begin in ‘lobster wars’ trial


ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Maine lobsterman charged with shooting a fellow lobsterman in a feud over lobster traps is coming to an end.

Sixty-eight-year-old Vance Bunker is charged with elevated aggravated assault and other charges for shooting 44-year-old Christopher Young in the neck on a wharf on remote Matinicus Island last July.

Closing arguments were anticipated Thursday.

Bunker’s daughter, Janan Miller, is also on trial for reckless conduct for her role in the shooting.

The four-day trial has revealed details about the unofficial rules of the lobster industry dictating who can fish where.