Mental health evaluation disputed in supermarket stabbing

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Posted: Aug 21, 2015 7:51 PM

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed about a mental health evaluation for a man charged with fatally stabbing a woman in a supermarket during his first appearance in court on Friday.

Connor MacCalister is charged with murder in the death of Wendy Boudreau, a 59-year-old mother of several children. MacCalister fatally stabbed Boudreau with a knife at a Shaw's supermarket in Saco during a random attack on Wednesday, police have said.

MacCalister said nothing and showed little emotion at York County Superior Court in Alfred on Friday. He did not enter a plea. The judge ordered the 31-year-old MacCalister to undergo a mental health evaluation at the request of Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.

MacCalister's attorney, Robert LeBrasseur, objected and said there was a danger that anything MacCalister says in the evaluation could be used against him. Court records state that MacCalister said he was "off my meds" at the time of the stabbing, which the records state he later confessed to.

The results of the evaluation will be available only to LeBrasseur unless the defense decides to use them, he said after the court appearance.

"It will be impounded until the defense raises it," he added.

The judge also did not set bail in the case, and a hearing to do so could be coming up. The next step is for the case to go to a grand jury, which will probably happen in September or October, and then the case will return to court, LeBrasseur said.

Court records state that the case is due for a court appearance on Oct. 30. An indictment could come sooner than that.

Police have said there is no indication Boudreau and MacCalister knew each other even though they're both from Saco, a seaside city of about 18,000 residents just south of Portland. The court affidavit said MacCalister said he was angry with life and planned to go to Shaw's and kill several random people. It said that MacCalister had been planning the attack for the past month.

The appearance took place before a crowded courtroom that included several supporters of the Boudreau family, who hugged each other and shed tears as they arrived.

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This story has been corrected to show the court appearance was Friday, not Thursday.