Augusta man admits he lied to police initially about slaying of Joseph Marceau

May 17th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — A co-defendant in a drug-fueled murder case admitted he lied when he was interviewed by police two days after Joseph Marceau was found beaten to death on Nov. 23, 2015, in Augusta.

Michael Sean McQuade, 47, of Augusta, previously pleaded guilty to felony murder and robbery of Marceau and in exchange for a recommended 25-year sentence, with an initial 10 to 15 years to serve behind bars.

Joseph Marceau


He spent Thursday morning being cross-examined about his testimony and his interviews on the third day of the trial of co-defendant Aubrey N. Armstrong, 29, of Far Rockaway, New York.

Armstrong is charged in the beating death of Marceau, 31, of Augusta, at a fourth-floor apartment on Washington Street. The nonjury trial is scheduled to resume Friday at the Capital Judicial Center.

In a later interview with police and on the witness stand at trial, McQuade pointed to Armstrong, known by the street name “Butter,” as the man who inflicted the fatal beating on Marceau.

“This is not a sweetheart deal, OK?” McQuade said in response to a question by Armstrong’s defense attorney Brad Grant. “I didn’t sign (on) to murder anybody, and I’m getting 10 to 15 years.”

McQuade insisted the plan was not to kill Marceau, but rather rob him of 5 grams of heroin that Marceau had been trying to market for several days.

Another co-defendant, Damik “Doughboy” Davis, 28, also of New York, pleaded guilty to the same charges as McQuade in

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