Biddeford landlord pleads insanity in killing of teens

June 11th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

ALFRED — A 75-year-old Biddeford man who is charged with killing two teenagers in an apartment at his home in December 2012 entered a new plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday.

James Pak had initially pleaded not guilty in March 2013 to two counts of murder in the deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Alivia Welch, 18. Authorities say he fatally shot Thompson and Welch in the apartment that he rented to Thompson and his mother, Susan Johnson, 45, after a dispute over parking.

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James Pak appears in court Tuesday along with his attorneys, Lawrence Goodglass, left, and Joel Vincent. Pak pled not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of murder in the deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Alivia Welch, 18. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch.Facebook photo

While the new plea doesn’t change the status of the case against Pak, who remains in custody at the York County Jail, it is a rare move in a criminal defense and is invoked almost exclusively in the most serious of felony cases.

Even if Pak is found not criminally responsible for the shooting deaths on Dec. 29, 2012, he would likely spend the rest of his life in the custody of the state, either at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta or another supervised setting.

Nearly 20 percent of the 88 people in Maine who are currently in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services after being

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