Sep 17, 2015 7:01 PM
MADBURY - Jurors in the Tristan Wolusky murder trial viewed the property Thursday where Aaron Wilkinson was killed.
Prior to their visit, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley told them what to expect.
"Outside Aaron's home is where the defendant, Mr. Wolusky, and his two accomplices, Michael Tatum and Zachary Pinette, violently attacked and killed Aaron," Hinckley said. "It was an attack motivated by a desire by all three men, Mr. Wolusky, Mr. Tatum and Mr. Pinette, to steal from him."
The state argues that Wolusky, 19, and his co-conspirators plotted to rob Wilkinson, who was 18 at the time of his death. They wanted drugs and money from the teen, who was known for dealing, Wolusky told police after his arrest.
During the grisly killing on June 21, 2014, Wolusky held Wilkinson down, and stabbed him, according to prosecutors. The trio used two knives and a machete during the murder.
To cover up their crime, prior to the attack Wolusky, Tatum and Pinette superglued their fingers to avoid leaving fingerprints. They took off their shoes to avoid leaving tracks.
Then, after his death, the trio brought Wilkinson's body to Long Swamp Road in Lebanon, Maine, where it was dumped. A woman walking her dog found it the next afternoon.
Wolusky's attorneys say it was Tatum and Pinette who killed Wilkinson, not their client.
"We're going to see where Mike Tatum and Zach Pinette stabbed... killed... murdered... Aaron Wilkinson," defense attorney Wade Harwood told the jurors before they left Strafford County Superior Court in Dover for the view.
While in Madbury, jurors were asked to pay special attention to an area of the driveway, where the murder happened. They were also asked to take note of a second-story window, and the porch where one of the men was hiding as Wolusky lured Wilkinson outside.
Also on Thursday, jurors heard again the charges against Wolusky, which include first- and second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit tampering with witnesses and informants, and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Wolusky can only be convicted of first- or second-degree murder, not both. If convicted of first-degree murder, Wolusky faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A conviction of second-degree murder would mean Wolusky could serve up to life in prison.
Tatum and Pinette both pleaded guilty to their involvement with the crime, and each are expected to serve 30 years in prison. They will be witnesses for the state against Wolusky during his trial.
Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning.
To view Wilkinson's obituary, click here.
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