SOUTH PARIS — The jury trial of a Kennebunk man accused of assaulting and threatening his then-girlfriend during a camping trip in Rangeley Plantation in 2014 opened Monday in Oxford County Superior Court.

Daniel Kelley, 43, was indicted April 16, 2015, on one count each of aggravated assault, domestic violence assault resulting in bodily injury, and domestic violence criminal threatening.

The charges stem from complaints made by Barbara Allen, then 48, of southern Maine, who, according to police reports, said Kelley assaulted her during a weekend wilderness camping trip in August 2014. According to police statements, Allen said Kelley had beaten her, knocked her down, choked her and threatened her with a knife.

Under questioning Monday by Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Winter, Allen said, “I could feel a man’s strong hands on my neck.” She said Kelley was “holding me.”

The prosecution presented an enlarged photo of Allen taken by former Kennebunk Police Department patrol officer Juliet Gilman days after Allen returned from the camping trip. It showed slight redness along the edges of her upper arms.

Defense attorney Gene Libby of Kennebunk said the observable physical evidence does not seem to match Allen’s statements about the alleged physical abuse.

He asked Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective Kenneth Charles about an Aug. 15, 2014, interview with Kelley that included sheriff’s Lt. David St. Laurent.

Libby’s questions revealed that Charles and his department had not investigated the alleged crime scene or any of the available physical evidence.

“Did you tell Dan Kelley that Barbara had a broken wrist?” Libby asked.

Libby read a statement St. Laurent wrote about the conversation with Kelley: “‘We don’t know yet whether she had a broken wrist. We have to wait for the medical stuff to come back. It’s certainly bruised and all black and blue. And she has some scars on her legs and some scrapes on her arms … that’s why we’re here to talk to you, and get your side.'”

“Now, you had no information that Barbara Allen had a black and blue wrist, had scars on her legs, or scrapes on her arms, correct?” Libby asked Charles.

“I did not,” Charles replied.

“That was total fabrication, wasn’t it?” Libby asked.

“I can’t speak for (St. Laurent,)” Charles said.

“Well, total fabrication as to what you knew about the facts of the case … and what was going on, was that you were trying to actively deceive Dan Kelley to see if you could trick him into saying something that would make him look like he had done something wrong, weren’t you?” Libby asked.

“You’re asking the wrong person,” Charles responded.

“No, I’m asking you,” Libby said.

“I didn’t try to deceive anybody,” Charles said.

Libby read Charles’ transcript of the interview with Kelley: “‘We’re going to try to look at what are the opportunities when could her wrist have been broken, You know, we haven’t told you which wrist it is. We know which wrist it is.'”

“So you were deceiving Dan Kelley,” Libby said.

The detective responded, “I don’t recall this portion of the interview, and I don’t recall whether I had that information … I think I would have gone on the information that Lt. St. Laurent had.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Winter called Dr. Peter Clark, M.D., who was an emergency room doctor at York Hospital and examined Barbara Allen just after she had returned from her camping trip. Clark said he couldn’t recall examining Allen, but he was able to provide testimony based on a computer printout of his examination of her at the time.

Clark said the report showed he observed no physical evidence or symptoms whatsoever of any body trauma. He said he had thought the patient might have had a sprained wrist, and he prescribed a support device for her write and recommended over-the-counter pain medications.

Clark also said he could not observe or detect any trauma to the neck, and that Allen’s range of neck motion was normal.

Libby’s cross examination of Allen revealed she has hired an attorney to possibly file a civil suit against Kelley, and that she started a website called “Help Barbara Heal!” at www.giveforward.com, where she has raised money. The text at the site includes a litany of ailments and injuries that she allegedly suffered from the camping trip.

Libby also asked Allen about attending Halloween dance parties at a Kennebunk night club in 2014 and 2015, when she had said she couldn’t dance any more because it was too painful.

Allen said she meant she needed medication to be able to dance.

The trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oxford County Superior Court.


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