PORTLAND, Maine – A judge is set to sentence a lobsterman convicted of killing another man at a bee farm in Maine.
A jury convicted 72-year-old Merrill Kimball of murder in the fatal October 2013 shooting of Leon Kelley. Kimball's being held in jail pending his sentencing Friday afternoon in Cumberland County Superior Court.
Kimball shot Kelley three times during a confrontation at a bee farm that belonged to Kelley's father-in-law. There was animosity between the families after Kimball's wife was made manager of the bee farm and a beneficiary of the 95-year-old owner's will.
Kelley's widow, Kathleen Kelley, filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against Kimball last month.
Defense lawyer Dan Lilley says he will argue motions for acquittal and a new trial.