Thursday, December 5, 2013
By Betty Adams email@example.com
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In a separate case, Swan was convicted in July of two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and five counts of falsifying income tax returns by failing to declare about $650,000 in income from Marshall Swan Construction. She’s back in court now facing three counts of extortion related to demands she allegedly made of Monroe.
Earlier in the day, Swan testified that she was a battered wife and that her husband abused her over the years, pulling her around by the hair, striking and bruising her with wooden apples he threw at her while she was pregnant with their youngest son and banging her head on the basement floor.
She said he placed sensors and night-vision cameras around the bedroom to keep track of her whereabouts while he slept.
“He used to say that I went outside at night and met people, that’s why he had to have all the sensors,” Swan said.
Swan testified that she didn’t wake him up as she was supposed to do when she wanted to use the bathroom one night and an alarm went off and woke him.
“I ended up with my head in the flush,” she said in a voice that broke and wavered. “He just dragged me in there and stuck it in there just to humiliate me.”
Carole Swan testified that Marshall Swan accused her of having a lesbian relationship with her mother and of bringing bugs home. She said he sprayed bug spray everywhere — and on her if she didn’t get out of the way fast enough — and demanded she use lice body wash every day.
She said she dumped the latter down the drain rather than use it and said her husband’s demand made her feel “ridiculous.”
Defense discredits Monroe
Friday, the fourth day of the trial, began with Monroe sitting on a bench in the hallway that serves as an anteroom for the federal courtroom while witnesses inside told jurors he was dishonest.
Robert Simmons Jr., of Augusta and formerly of Windsor and Chelsea, Monroe’s former brother-in-law, called Monroe “a very dishonest man.”
Monroe held the contract to supply sand and to plow Chelsea roads when he told Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office deputies in January 2011 that Swan had sought kickbacks from him three times over the previous 12 months.
“I don’t think he dealt with my family fairly,” Simmons said when asked about a business deal involving a Windsor gravel pit owned by Simmons’ family but mined by Monroe.
John Wilcox testified that when he was a road supervisor for the town of Windsor, he was warned by others to watch Monroe’s trucks and make sure he delivered the full amount of sand the town was paying for.
Keith Hall, another Windsor road supervisor, said Monroe did not fulfill his promise to reclaim a slope in the gravel pit that was close to Hall’s property and endangered his swimming pool.
“I wouldn’t trust him for anything,” Hall said.
He also said that when people in the community asked about Monroe’s work, Hall told them, “I wouldn’t recommend him.”