November 26, 2012

Prosecutor: Desperation, drugs motive for killing

Robert Nelson murder trial underway in Skowhegan

By Rachel Ohm
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN — Desperation and drugs drove Robert Nelson, 41, to kill Everett L. Cameron in Anson about three years ago, according to the prosecutor in his opening statement Monday in Somerset County Superior Court.

“Oxycodone pills can be addictive and addictive people do desperate things. Some people become so desperate they will kill for these pills,” according to Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber this morning in the trial of  Nelson, of Anson.

Macomber said Nelson was high on drugs when he shot Cameron on Oct. 31, 2009, on the Town Farm Road.

According to Cameron’s fiancee, Virginia Hayden, who testified this morning, Nelson had been buying Oxycodone pills from Cameron and owed him money.

Cameron’s son, Everett J. Cameron Sr., said this morning that the two men knew each other through their employment with the paving company, Bruce Manzer Paving & Construction Company.

That was before his father was diagnosed with lymphoma around 2002, he said.

Everett J. Cameron Sr. said he had encouraged his father to sell some of the Oxycodone pills he was receiving.

“He would help people out or sell a few of them. I’m the one who told him he might get money for them and almost since he started getting them he has been selling them,” he said, although he said he did not know his father had been selling them to Robert Nelson.

Rachel Ohm —  612-2368

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Murder defendant Robert Nelson, right, listens to opening statements in his trial in the death of Everett Cameron on Monday in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan. At left is attorney John Alsop.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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Assistant Attorney General Don Macomber holds a bag filled with prescription drugs in his opening statement against defendant Robert Nelson, on trial in the death of Everett Cameron in Somerset County Superior Court on Monday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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