BANGOR, Maine — A Superior Court judge Monday described the evidence against the man accused of killing Joyce McLain and dumping her body near Schenck High School in East Millinocket nearly 36 years ago as “solid but not overwhelming” at the conclusion of a bail and probable cause hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Justice Ann Murray found at the end of the hearing, which began last month, there was probable cause for the murder charge filed against Philip Scott Fournier, 55, of East Millinocket.

Fournier was arrested without incident March 4, 2016, and since has been held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

Murray, who tentatively set a trial in January 2018, also set bail at $300,000 but did not specify if she required cash or property.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor told Murray during Monday’s hearing that his client’s family would be able to post $50,000 in property but did not have the means to post a high cash or surety bail.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea, who is prosecuting the case, argued Fournier should not be granted bail, in part because his parents are witnesses in the case and he would be living with them.

“What’s troubling here is that Mr. Fournier’s parents are significant state’s witnesses,” she told Murray. “We have real concerns about the integrity of the judicial process if he were allowed to return to that residence.”

Fournier pleaded not guilty June 21 to intentional or knowing murder and depraved indifference murder in the death of 16-year-old Joyce McLain on Aug. 8, 1980.

McLain last was seen that night while jogging. Her beaten body was found 36 hours later under power lines near Schenck High School. She was wearing just her socks and sneakers.

The medical examiner found that McLain died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to court documents.

Maine State Police Sgt. Darryl Peary, who worked on the case from 2008 to 2014, testified Monday that McLain’s body was found face down with her hands tied behind her back with a blue cloth or cord and her hair in a ponytail. Her pink jogging outfit, which witnesses had seen her wearing on Friday night, was found in pieces stuffed in the chinks in a nearby stone wall, he said.

“Located near her body was a rock of some size that was collected and a ceramic electrical insulator” with a metal piece still attached, Peary said.

On the same night that McLain went missing, Fournier stole a fuel truck and was in a serious crash that left him in a coma for several weeks at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Fournier’s mother, Anita Powers, testified last month that her son confessed to killing McLain in 1981 to her and her husband, Wayne Powers. Fourier also allegedly confessed to a former pastor, Vinal Thomas, and former Maine State Police Detective William Caron.

In finding probable cause for the murder charge, the judge cited statements Fournier allegedly made to Caron on May 15, 1981.

Murray cited the following:

— Fournier and a friend were seen at Schenck High School around the time others said they saw McLain jogging near there.

— He was seen an hour to an hour and a half later running in front of the school, which was 400 to 500 yards from where her body was found.

— Fournier told police in September 1980 that he was not near the high school and did not know McLain.

— When interviewed in May 1981, Fournier told Caron he had tripped over her body and said it was face down. He also said her hair was tied back with a ribbon. Fournier also described the insulator found near McLain’s body.

— Fournier told police that when he stole and crashed the oil truck, he was trying to commit suicide.

Since that interview, Fournier has denied killing McLain and has not repeated his confession to law enforcement officers, Silverstein said Monday.

Zainea told Murray that Fournier has told inmates when he has been incarcerated that he committed the crime.

During his more than 25 interviews with police over the years, Fournier has named at least five different men, saying they were involved in McLain’s death. At times he said he was a witness, other times “he was forced to participate,” according to a previously published report. The Bangor Daily News is not naming the men because they have not been charged with a crime.

Silverstein said Monday that others also have confessed to killing McLain.

If convicted of murder, Fournier faces between 25 years and life in prison.

BDN writer Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.