BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with murder in a fatal shooting on Easter returned to Maine escorted by Bangor police detectives on Wednesday afternoon.
Antoinne “Prince” Bethea, 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested May 21 in Euclid, Ohio during a traffic stop, according to Bangor police.
Bethea was wanted for allegedly shooting Terrance Durel Sr., 36, of New Orleans, on April 16 outside the home the suspect shared with Durel’s estranged wife at 2 Highland Avenue.
His face covered by a white T-shirt, Bethea was escorted into the back of the Penobscot County Jail about 4:20 p.m. by Bangor police officers Jim Burns and Evan Haskell. Bethea was wearing black pants, a black shirt and black sneakers.
“Not guilty,” Bethea said when asked by a TV reporter if he had anything to say about the murder charge.
Bethea landed at Bangor International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday from Cleveland accompanied by detectives Josh Kuhn and Gary Decker.
He was expected to be arraigned Thursday or Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray. Because he fled the state, Bethea most likely will be held without bail.
Bangor attorneys Hunter Tzovarras and Zachary Brandmeir are expected to represent Bethea.
Bethea waived extradition to Maine on May 23, two days after he was arrested in traffic stop in Euclid, Ohio. He was indicted the following day on one count of murder by the Penobscot County grand jury.
Bethea was previously held at the Cuyahoga County Jail in Euclid, which is about 15 miles northeast of Cleveland on Lake Erie, until Bangor police detectives picked him up Wednesday.
If convicted of murder, Bethea would face 25 years to life in prison.
Durel was shot near the corner of Highland Avenue and Ohio Street shortly after 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
The shooting stemmed from an argument, according to 43-year-old Danielle Durel of Bangor, the victim’s estranged wife.
The victim, who used to live in Brewer, was at the house to get their son’s “Easter outfit” when the argument began, she said last month. She was inside helping the 8-year-old boy change clothes when she heard three gunshots, she said. She ran out of the house, saw Prince and a friend of Terrence’s she identified only as “Primo” wrestling on the ground and tried to break up the scuffle, she said.
“I still didn’t see any gun,” Danielle Durel said.
That’s when she noticed her husband was bleeding from his stomach and leg, she said. She drove him to the Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he died later that day.
Lincoln resident Cindy McVicar was arrested April 21 for allegedly misleading officer about driving Bethea to Portland after the shooting, as well as her whereabouts once there, Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea previously said.
She remained Wednesday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $30,000 bail.