Argued: September 13, 2016
P. Howaniec, Esq. (orally), Lewiston, for appellant William
T. Mills, Attorney General, Donald W. Macomber, Asst. Atty.
Gen., and John Alsop, Asst. Atty. Gen. (orally), Office of
the Attorney General, Augusta, for appellee State of Maine.
SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, JABAR, HJELM, and
Twenty-year-old Romeo Parent was killed in April 2013. He had
been stabbed in the back of the neck, beaten, and choked.
William True was charged with, and found guilty by a jury of,
the intentional or knowing, or depraved indifference murder
of Parent. True appeals from the judgment of
conviction entered by the court (MG Kennedy, J.).
See 17-A M.R.S. § 201(1)(A), (B) (2015). He argues
that the judgment should be vacated because he was deprived
of a fair trial due to allegedly perjured testimony from
certain of the States witnesses. We affirm the judgment.
Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the
State, the jury could rationally have found the following
facts beyond a reasonable doubt. See State v.
Westgate, 2016 ME 145, ¶ 5, ___ A.3d ___. During
the weekend of April 6 and 7, 2013, True was in jail after
Parent informed the police that the two of them had committed
a robbery. On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at about 7:40 p.m.,
Nathan Morton and Michael McNaughton,  who were known to
both Parent and True, picked Parent up in a pharmacy parking
lot in Auburn in Mortons vehicle. McNaughton had planned to
kill Parent for being a "snitch." Morton, the
driver, then drove to the home of Trues friend Eric Leighton
on James Street in Auburn and picked up True, who had been
released from jail.
Morton drove to a secluded location on South Mountain Road in
Greene. True and McNaughton exited the car with Parent, and
the three went into the woods while Morton, who is disabled,
waited in the car. Once in the woods, McNaughton stabbed
Parent in the back of the neck with a screwdriver and used a
brake cable to choke him repeatedly while True punched and
kicked Parent. Although Parent bled only a little from the
stabbing, a small amount of his blood got on the leg of Trues
jeans. True injured his foot, and it bled. Parent died due to
the constriction of blood vessels in his neck.
Morton drove away with True and McNaughton at about 9:20 p.m.
He dropped True off near his friend Theodore Gagnons house.
During the next morning, April 10, True returned to Leightons
residence in Auburn looking for a duffel bag. He obtained
large garbage bags from Leighton. True left Leightons
apartment and got in the car with Morton and McNaughton,
after which Morton drove to pick up bedsheets from another
friend. The three went to Mortons residence, where they
waited until dark and then went to Greene to move Parents
When they arrived in Greene, True and McNaughton cut the
shirt and pants off Parents body, bound Parents hands and
feet with strips of sheet fabric, wrapped Parents body in
garbage bags, and placed his body on a sheet in Mortons
trunk. Morton drove to Jug Stream in Monmouth, where True and
McNaughton threw Parents body into the water from above a
dam. They later threw the sheet out the window of the car.
Morton dropped True off near Leightons home. Leighton called
the police when True attempted to get into his house. True
was arrested by police at 12:24 a.m. because he was violating
a curfew imposed as a condition of bail. Police investigators
found Parents body in Jug Stream on Friday, April 12, 2013.
In July 2014, True was charged by indictment with intentional
or knowing, or depraved indifference murder, 17-A M.R.S.
§ 201(1)(A), (B); conspiracy to commit intentional
murder (Class A), 17-A M.R.S. § 151(1)(A) (2015); and
hindering apprehension or prosecution (Class B), 17-A M.R.S.
An eleven-day jury trial was held from December 3 through 17,
2014. The State presented testimony from multiple members of
state and local law enforcement; an employee of a youth
outreach center frequented by Parent and True; the medical
examiner who conducted the autopsy of Parents body; the Maine
State Crime Lab personnel who examined the physical evidence;
Morton; Leighton; Gagnon; and many friends of True,
McNaughton, and Parent who socialized and used drugs with the
three of them around the time of the murder. Many of the
friend witnesses, including Morton, Leighton, and Gagnon,
whose testimony True now challenges as ...