AUBURN — A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Lewiston man on a count of murder in connection with the slaying of a New Gloucester woman whose partially decomposed remains were found in the basement under the man’s apartment.
Bob W. Ryder, 20, of 417 Main St. is being held at Androscoggin County jail without bail. He appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court last month to answer a probation violation charge. He had been charged with intentional or knowing murder in a complaint. The Androscoggin County grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday takes the place of the complaint as the formal charging instrument in the case.
Prosecutors had been seeking a hearing to address the possibility of bail, but the indictment means that hearing likely won’t be necessary.
The victim, Danita Brown, 38, had been missing for several weeks before police made the grisly discovery on a tip from Ryder’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.
In a police affidavit, Ryder told police he had hit Brown in the head with a clock before hiding her body in the basement and partially covering it. He reportedly told his AA sponsor what he’d done and had shown him the body. The sponsor later went to police after his sponsor urged him to.
Also charged Wednesday in two separate indictments was a 46-year-old local man with 27 burglary counts in connection with break-ins at commercial buildings in the Twin Cities over the past several months during which tens of thousands of dollars were stolen.
Donald Ottis Hebert IV of 70 Googin St. was arrested after a burglary at Reggie’s Sales & Service tractor supply on Minot Avenue in Auburn that set off an alarm, according to police, who said they had been following Hebert after learning of his identity at an earlier burglary scene where they found a bag of burglar’s tools.
Hebert was also indicted on 11 counts of theft. In all, the grand jury brought 52 counts against him. Most of the counts are Class C crimes, each punishable by up to five years in prison.
One of the businesses burglarized was the Chick-A-Dee restaurant at 1472 Lisbon St., where a man fitting Hebert’s description was caught on surveillance video walking around the parking lot and attempting to break into a safe.
Also indicted by the grand jury was Raikuez Fidel Melchoirre, 34, of 209 Lincoln St. on a count of elevated aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of 22-year-old Richard “Buddy” Edwards.
Police said Melchoirre allegedly pulled a knife on Edwards and stabbed him numerous times during a fight between the two men on College Street. Edwards was taken to a Lewiston hospital and was listed in serious condition following the fight.
Police had charged Melchoirre in a complaint with aggravated assault.