Augusta man charged with murder in stabbing death

November 16th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 5:34 PM
Updated: 7:18 PM

Augusta man charged with murder in stabbing death

Justin Pillsbury, 38, was arrested tonight at the hospital in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Jillian Jones, 24.

By Craig Crosby
Staff Writer

State police charged an Augusta man with murder tonight in connection with the stabbing death of 24-year-old Jillian Jones.

Justin Pillsbury

Photo courtesy of Kennebec County Jail

Jillian Jones

Justin Pillsbury, 38, was taken into custody as he was being released from MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he had been treated for what police described as self-inflicted stab wounds.

He was taken to the Kennebec County jail and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday or Tuesday, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

On Wednesday, police were called to 32 Crosby St., where they found Jones dead and Pillsbury injured. Neighbors reported the couple had been fighting, but no one thought it was serious enough to call police.

On Friday, friends remembered Jones as a woman who was trying to better her life and the life of her daughter, Brooklyn. It was a simple dream, but it was all Jones wanted.

“She wanted Brooklyn to be happy,” said Jones’ lifelong friend, Kassandra Strickland of Richmond. “She wanted a life with her daughter.”

Two days after the murder, Jones’ friends were

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