State high court weighs appeal of Rockport woman convicted in stabbing death

By Stephen Betts | Apr 12, 2019
Victoria Scott is pictured here during her week-long trial for manslaughter in April 2018.

Portland — The state's high court will decide whether a 25-year-old Rockport woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in 2017 in Waldo will get a new trial.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Tuesday, April 9, on the appeal filed on behalf of Victoria Scott.

Scott was convicted in April 2018 in Waldo County Superior Court for manslaughter in the Feb. 8, 2017, stabbing death of Edwin Littlefield Jr. at a residence on Kendall Corner Road in Waldo. She was sentenced by Justice Robert Murray in August 2018 to 16 years in prison with all but 12 years suspended.

Defense attorney Naomi Cohen argued before the Law Court that the prosecutor made false statements to the jurors during his closing argument that were extremely damaging to Scott. They included a statement that a witness testified that Scott had gone into a room to grab something, indicating she had gone in to grab a knife.

Cohen also listed other statements that she said were not made by witnesses and which harmed her client.

The justices, however, asked why the defense had not objected to those statements when they were made. Cohen said that she and defense attorney Steven Peterson were unsure after a five-day trial whether such a statement had been made.

Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber argued that jurors are told, including by himself before his closing, that they must go with their recollections of testimony, and not that of the lawyers in their closing arguments.

Scott had maintained that she stabbed Littlefield in self-defense. There were no witnesses to the stabbing.

Macomber told jurors in his closing arguments that the physical evidence would have to stand in for the dead man's words.

Scott had testified that she put on a pair of jeans over baggy pajama pants before she went outside that night, but the prosecution said she probably changed into the jeans later. The detail was significant because Scott said in her testimony that she always carried a knife and had pulled it out of her pocket only after Littlefield had hit her repeatedly, thrown her to the ground and was threatening to kill her.

Macomber noted that the pajama pants didn't have pockets. He said Scott didn't just happen to have the knife on her when she was attacked, but went out in what she was wearing at the time and grabbed the knife on the way out the door, expecting to confront Littlefield.

Macomber said the pajamas had a puncture, consistent with a wound to Scott's leg, which she claimed to have received in the scuffle with Littlefield, whereas the jeans had what the prosecutor described as a "slice."

The prosecutor acknowledged during the April 9 hearing before the Supreme Judicial Court that Littlefield and others did not realize immediately how serious the stab wounds were and that Littlefield had gone back into a residence, where he got into another argument.

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