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State v. Tieman

Supreme Court of Maine

April 23, 2019

STATE OF MAINE
v.
LUC W. TIEMAN

          Argued: March 5, 2019

          Clifford B. Strike, Esq. (orally), Strike, Gonzales & Butler Bailey, Portland, for appellant Luc W. Tieman

          Aaron M. Frey, Attorney General, and Leanne Robbin, Asst. Atty. Gen. (orally), Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, for appellee State of Maine

          PANEL SAUFLEY, C.J., AND ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, HJELM, AND HUMPHREY, JJ.

          JABAR, J.

         [¶1] Luc W. Tieman appeals from a judgment of conviction of murder, 17-A M.R.S. § 201(1)(A) (2018), entered by the court (Somerset County, Mullen, /.) following a jury trial. Tieman contends that the court abused its discretion by admitting Facebook Messenger records in evidence, and he challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support the jury's verdict. We affirm the judgment.

         I. BACKGROUND

         [¶2] "Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the State, the jury rationally could have found the following facts beyond a reasonable doubt." State v. Perkins, 2019 ME 6, ¶ 3, 199 A.3d 1174 (quotation marks omitted).

         [¶3] In August 2016, Tieman and his wife, the victim in this case, returned to Maine after visiting the victim's family in South Carolina. At that time, Tieman and the victim were living at Tieman's mother and father's home in Fairfield, Maine. On August 24, 2016, Tieman was seen by several people with another woman with whom he had begun communicating on Facebook a week earlier. On the night of August 24, 2016, Tieman had sex with her. On that same night, the victim called Tieman thirty-one times between 5:46 p.m. and 10:22 p.m.

         [¶4] The following day, August 25, 2016, a friend of both Tieman and the victim contacted the victim using Facebook's messaging platform, "Facebook Messenger." The friend informed the victim that Tieman was "getting caught up in other women and saying [that] they were separated." The victim responded to the friend, stating in several messages that Tieman had "broke[n] [her] heart," but that "it [would] all work out [because] God has a plan," and that Tieman would "never find a better woman than [her]" and he had "lost [her]."

         [¶5] On August 26, 2016, Tieman moved into the home of the woman with whom he was having an affair and informed her that the victim had run off with another man. The same day, the victim's parents became concerned about the victim because she was not responding to their calls, text messages, or Facebook messages. In an attempt to communicate with the victim, the parents reached out to Tieman and asked how he and the victim were doing. Tieman responded the following day, stating: "We are good. Thank you. Love her so much"

         [¶6] On September 8, 2016, the parents of the victim had still not heard from her, so they called Tieman's father, who informed them that the victim was missing. The victim's parents then called Tieman, asking why he had not told them that the victim was missing. Tieman stated: "I was waiting for her to contact you because I still would never bad mouth her. I still love you all."

         [¶7] The following day, September 9, 2016, the victim's father filed a missing person report with the Fairfield Police Department. Tieman explained to the victim's father, to Fairfield police, and to Maine State Police detectives that he had driven to Wal-Mart with the victim, had gone into the store alone, and when he had returned to the vehicle the victim had been gone.[1]

         [¶8] On September 20, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the Tieman family home in Fairfield. Police dogs trained to detect human remains were employed at the scene and approximately five minutes into the search a police dog discovered a burial site behind the Tieman family home. The victim's body was in the burial site; she was wrapped in a blanket and buried with an assortment of items. Among those items was a note written to "Joy-Joy" from "LUC-e-DA-Bear" which stated, in part: ...


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