Bail denied Morrill man accused of murder

By Stephanie Grinnell | Apr 12, 2019
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Austin McDevitt enters the courtroom at Waldo Judicial Center March 18 in his first court appearance after he was accused in the shooting death of a Belfast man.

Belfast — A judge today ruled against granting bail to a man accused of shooting another over shared interest in a woman.

Austin McDevitt, 22, of Morrill is accused of murdering 26-year-old Shane Sauer of Belfast on March 15 outside a Swanville residence.

The shooting was reported by a neighbor at 4:46 a.m. According to the affidavit by Detective Scott Quintero, McDevitt called police 15 minutes later to say he had shot his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and that the gun was in the glove box of his car parked in front of Belfast Police Department.

Belfast Police were first at the scene at 568 Oak Hill Road, arriving at 5:17 a.m., where they found a man performing CPR on Sauer. The affidavit states three women were also present, including the property owner Andrea Walsh and her daughter Jean Howard, the romantic interest of McDevitt and Sauer. Medical workers arrived soon after and pronounced Sauer dead.

An autopsy found that he had been shot seven times, including three times in the head.

"(McDevitt) explained that he knew not to shoot to wound," Quintero wrote in the affidavit.

During the bail hearing, McDevitt's attorney Rick Morse said his client's actions were in self-defense, according to Bangor Daily News.

McDevitt's case is expected to be heard by a grand jury in May.

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