A Turner man has been charged with two counts of murder in the killing of a local couple.

The Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at 1:32 a.m. Friday for a reported home invasion with possible gunshots, according to the Maine State Police. When deputies arrived on the scene they found a man and woman who had both been injured and who later died at the hospital.

The victims are Troy Varney, 52, and his wife Dulsie Varney, 48, both of Turner, according to Maine State Police.

The suspect, 24-year-old Patrick Maher, was found in the house and taken into custody. Maine State Police detectives charged Maher with two counts of murder at 2:20 p.m. and he was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail.

A letter posted online Friday by Lewiston Regional Technical Center Director Rob Callahan identified Dulsie Varney as a nursing instructor in the school’s district.

“Dulsie was the sort of educator that every student should be blessed with at least once in their school careers,” Callahan said. “Her enthusiasm and energy drew students in and invited them to devote themselves to public health and community service. She was a passionate health care professional, but even more so, she loved her students and helping them realize their goals in learning and in life.”

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...