Day One of Robert Craig's Murder Trial

The jury in the Robert Craig murder trial learned more about the relationship he had with Leo Corriveau.

The court heard the two men had been neighbors in Florida and friends for 3-4 years. Corriveau invited Craig to his home in Presque Isle to help in with yard work for the summer in 2016.

The court heard the two men got into a disagreement over money for a bus ticket for Craig to go back to Florida. During opening statements, the defense admitted that Craig did in fact kill Corriveau, but that it was done in self defense.

"Robert Craig killed Leo Corriveau. Not out of malice, or hatred or any motive, but out of self-defense. He was justified in every action he took that day."

The state is tasked with proving to the jury that Craig is guilty of murdering Corriveau.

The defendant preformed the intent to kill Leo Corriveau. He strangled him on the afternoon of July 21st 2016. He should be found guilty of the charge."

Once opening statements were complete the state began calling witnesses.

The first was the victims son, Wayne Corriveau. He became emotional when the state showed him a photo of his father to identify.

He spoke about the day his dad returned from Florida. Robert Craig was with Corriveau. Court heard Craig came back to Maine with Corriveau to help him with yard work at his home in Presque Isle.

Following the victims son, was Corriveau's daughter in law, his daughter and son in law. It was Dolly Libby, Corriveau's daughter and her husband Carroll who discovered Leo's body on July 23rd. He was found in his back yard.

The defense did no cross examination with any of the family members.

Following family testimony, the court heard from Sgt. Darren Crane. He is a detective for the major crime unit for Maine state police. He explained how Corriveau's body was found when police arrived.

The court saw a photo of Corriveau's body lying face down in the grass. He was wearing pants, but no shirt. Sgt Crane said glasses, with a lens popped out and a ball cap were found by the victims head. He was also found with quote "several small cuts and abrasions."

The state then called Detective David Yankowski. He was part of the search through Corriveau's home and his vehicle, where red brown stains were found.

The court heard from Dr Margaret Greenwald, who was Maine's chief medical examiner at the time. She confirmed Corriveau was killed by strangulation.

Later in the afternoon the court heard an audio recording of two Maine state detectives and a local police officer interviewing Robert Craig in Florida. Craig
Can be heard saying he heard Leo had died from his neighbor, but it was a maintenance worker who said Leo was murdered.

The trial will continue on Thursday morning at 9am.