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.

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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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