December 31, 2015
I had no idea there were Blacks in Maine.
A New York man has been arrested on two counts of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of an Augusta couple on Christmas Day, Maine State Police announced Tuesday.
David W. Marble Jr., 29, of Rochester, New York, was arrested after Augusta police stopped a car in which he was a passenger near Memorial Circle in Augusta, according to police. He has been charged with two counts of murder related to the shooting deaths of Eric Williams, 35, and Bonnie Royer, 26, who were found dead by police responding to a 911 call one of them made at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 25. The couple was in a sport utility vehicle on Sanford Road in Manchester, not far from where they lived on Easy Street in north Augusta.
Detectives said the shootings were drug-related. Marble recently was living in an apartment at 28 Sewall St.
The arrest came after a joint investigation conducted by state police, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Marble’s first court appearance is likely to take place Wednesday or Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.
Marble was arrested in June 2010 in Rochester and charged with beating and robbing a man in that city. According to records from New York state, he was sentenced to prison on a conviction for robbery, third degree, and was released on probation in May 2011.
Marble’s nickname on his Facebook page is “Dee Money.” A post from Tuesday, apparently by Marble, says, “This was a good Christmas after all everybody got to present this year and I was not in locked up.” Another of his posts, from Monday, says, “Forgive me GOD FOR I HAVE SIN. Spiritus Sancti.”
Within minutes of Marble’s arrest, relatives of the dead couple began posting comments on his Facebook page.
Williams and Royer were boyfriend and girlfriend, said Royer’s father, Paul Mansir Jr., of Whitefield.
A longtime neighbor of Eric Williams said the relationship was relatively new and that before that, Williams had been in a relationship with a different woman for years. Both the Chevrolet Trailblazer in which he died and a Buick Century were registered in the names of Williams and his former girlfriend. He also owned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle featured prominently on his Facebook page.