The man accused of killing a Florida man will be held without bail until at least Thursday, March 8, when a bail hearing will be held at the request of the prosecution.

Daniel Porter, 24, of Jackson made his first court appearance Friday at Waldo County Superior Court on a charge of murder. That came a day after his original arraignment was delayed due to a snow storm. Porter is accused of killing 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo of Florida.

Perdomo was initially reported as last being seen in Bangor on Feb. 16, where his rental car was found the next day, but as the police investigation progressed, it was reported that Perdomo was last seen at a residence in Jackson reportedly owned by Daniel Porter’s father, Gary Porter.

Flanked by print and television reporters, Daniel Porter addressed some of his supporters Friday morning, who were in line waiting to get into the courthouse as a Maine State Police Trooper escorted the 24-year-old into the building.

“I’m glad you came,” Daniel Porter said over a wall of cameras and microphones as he was led into the courthouse. He clarified that his statement was directed at his friends and family, and not at the media.

Once inside the courtroom, Daniel Porter’s friends and relatives, including his father, crowded into the benches behind the defense table. As Daniel Porter was escorted into the courtroom after a brief conference with his attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, his supporters all said in unison, “We love you, Daniel.”

Daniel Porter, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and a bullet-proof vest, was then led to the defense table, where he consulted with his lawyer.

At one point, when a news photographer took a succession of photos inside the courtroom, a man in the audience shouted, “How many pictures do you need to take?”

That comment was met with an immediate reproach from a court security officer.

A group of people sitting behind the prosecution’s table sat silently throughout the court session, but it was unclear if they were relatives or friends of Perdomo. VillageSoup was unable to locate any of those individuals for comment after the court went into recess.

The arraignment itself took less than 10 minutes, with Daniel Porter answering the questions of Justice Robert Murray with a clear, audible voice.

“Are you Daniel Porter?” asked the judge.

“Yes sir,” said the defendant.

Murray then asked Porter if he understood that — if convicted on the murder charge — he faces a minimum of 25 years in prison and could face as much as a life sentence.

“Trust me, I understand, your honor,” said Porter.

Assistant Attorney General Leanne Zainea requested a Harnish hearing on behalf of the state and also asked that Porter be held without bail until that time. Harnish hearings are held in cases such as this to determine whether bail will be set, and if so, what conditions will be in place while a defendant is free on bail.

Murray scheduled that hearing for Thursday, March 8 at 1 p.m., and also granted the state’s request that Porter be held without bail until that time. The hearing will also be held at Waldo County Superior Court.

After Silverstein informed the judge that the defense had no further issues to bring before the court, Porter stood and looked back at his family and friends.

A woman in the audience said, “I love you, Daniel.”

“Don’t worry about me, I’ll be alright,” Porter later told his supporters, prior to leaving the courtroom. “I don’t want to see a bunch of sad faces… I love you guys.”

Outside the courthouse, some of Porter’s friends and relatives spoke with reporters.

Brett Ginn of Jackson, who was wearing a T-shirt carrying the statement, “Don’t f**k with family,” told members of the media that Daniel Porter is a “good kid” who doesn’t deserve to go on trial for murder.

“Self defense is not a crime,” said Ginn, who identified himself as a close friend of the accused. “… I think he was faced with a decision. Someone sticks a gun in your face and you do what you’ve got to do.”

When asked about why police have referred to the case as a drug-related homicide, Ginn said he did not have any knowledge of Porter being involved in any drug activity.

“I’ve never seen Dan [Porter] do a drug in his life,” Ginn said.