A Waldo County Grand Jury indicted a Jackson man this week on a charge of intentional or knowing murder. Daniel W. Porter, 24, is accused of killing a Florida man in February.

Porter was one of 39 indictments that the grand jury handed up when it rose Wednesday, May 16.

Porter is accused of acting as the trigger man in the shooting death of Jerry Perdomo, whose body was found in the woods off Dahlia Farm Road in Newburgh Feb. 29. According to Journal archives, Porter was arrested Feb. 28 at his father Gary Porter’s residence on Hadley Mill Road in Jackson following a police investigation into Perdomo’s disappearance.

Porter was arrested days after Bangor police issued a plea for the public’s help in locating Porter and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Cheyanne Nowak, on Feb. 23. Police located the two in Conn. the following day.

According to previously published reports, Bangor police initially became involved Feb. 19, after receiving a missing person report from Lisa Gould of Bangor. At that time Gould indicated that she had a romantic relationship with Perdomo and that she had not seen him since Feb. 16. Through interviews with police, Gould further stated Perdomo came to the Pine Tree State from Florida about once a month and was shuttling upward of 1,500 prescription pills a month to Maine each trip.

Gould told police when Perdomo left her residence on the morning of Feb. 16 he was allegedly in possession of a Glock .45-caliber handgun, his wallet and two cellular phones, according to court documents. Perdomo allegedly told Gould he was going to meet someone who owed him money. Court records later revealed Perdomo was going to speak to Porter in regards to a $3,000 debt.

Bangor police then spoke with Tonya Perdomo, the missing man’s wife, by telephone in Florida, who said he left their residence Feb. 15 with a rental car and had spoken with her on the evening of Feb. 16, but not since.

A gold Toyota Camry with Florida registration was located in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor Feb. 20, and store surveillance video showed a lone male parked the car there Feb. 17.

According to court documents, the same male was also seen on video at a nearby Hannaford store throwing “what appeared to be a plastic bag containing objects into the garbage can located outside the main entrance.” That bag reportedly contained items belonging to Perdomo including cell phones and keys to the Florida man’s rental vehicle. That information was initially revealed in the affidavit filed in connection with Porter’s arrest.

As the male continued into the store, his face was visible and police reported it “is consistent with a known photograph of Daniel Porter,” according to court records. Court documents also indicated the male on the video was with a female, and police identified that woman as Nowak.

Prior to leaving Maine, Porter and Nowak reportedly traded in Nowak’s vehicle and allegedly paid $7,400 in cash for a new car in the days leading up to Porter’s arrest.

Nowak has not been charged in connection with the case.

Maine State Police Detective Brian Strout, a lead investigator in the case, testified during Porter’s initial court appearance March 2 that Nowak met Perdomo at Dysart’s in Hermon at Porter’s request, and that Perdomo followed her to the Hadley Mill Road home in Jackson to meet Porter. After a few minutes, Strout said Nowak left to go pick up her 2-year-old son in Swanville.

Strout also told the court that in the hours prior to Perdomo’s death Porter claimed Perdomo made threatening statements regarding Nowak and her child while the two were playing pool at the Jackson residence.

And that was not the first time Perdomo and Porter allegedly had negative contact with one another, as the ongoing investigation led officers to a complaint that was filed with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office concerning an incident that reportedly occurred between the two Jan. 8.

In that complaint, according to the affidavit, Porter had called police to report that Perdomo was throwing rocks through the windows of his former residence in Newburgh. Penobscot County Deputy Jamie Kennedy spoke with both Perdomo and Porter at the time and learned that both subjects had been threatening each other.

“Perdomo stated that he observed Porter with a machine gun and that Porter had threatened to shoot him and put him through a wood chipper,” according to the affidavit. “Porter stated that Perdomo had threatened to cut off his hands and kill him.”