Jury selection set for murder trial

BAR HARBOR — Jury selection for the trial of a man accused of murdering a Bar Harbor woman is set to begin Monday, May 20, according to defense attorney Jeffrey Toothaker.

Toothaker represents Jalique Keene, 22, of Bar Harbor, who the Maine State Police said raped and murdered Mikaela Conley, 19.

Conley’s body was found on a wooded hillside near the intersection of Route 3 and West Street in Bar Harbor on June 2, 2018.

The young woman had been missing since the early morning hours of June 1, when she was last seen at home by her mother, according to police.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office stated that Conley died of “blunt force trauma and strangulation,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit issued by Maine State Police Detective Tom Pickering.

Assistant Attorney General John Alsop is prosecuting Keene.

Hancock County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray has been assigned to the case.

Keene pleaded not guilty to charges of gross sexual assault and murder on Sept. 5, 2018, following an indictment by a Hancock County grand jury the month before — Aug. 9.

Keene has been held without bail since his arrest on June 4, 2018.

While jury selection does not begin until May 20, potential jurors for trials being held this week and next were directed Monday to fill out a questionnaire about their knowledge of the Keene case.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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