The state’s top court has overturned a Limington man’s murder conviction because the police conducted an illegal search on his property.
A jury found Bruce Akers, now 63, guilty in January 2020 of murdering his neighbor nearly four years prior. Akers was sentenced to 38 years in prison for that crime, but he filed an appeal, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments this year.
It is only the second time in 17 years that the state’s highest court has vacated a murder conviction.
Family members called police in June 2016 to report Douglas Flint missing from his home. Officers with the York County Sheriff’s Office entered Akers’ abutting property three separate times that day in hopes of talking with him about his neighbor. They