|2. Shuman says it was later that Mike was
identified. The day Mike was found, Bangor DA David Cox notified
the sheriff's office to
dismiss Mike's escape charge because he was deceased. The DA office
closed each day at 4 pm and the Chief Medical Examiner's vehicle didn't
leave the murder scene with Mike's body until 4:40 pm according to Allen
Shuman left the murder scene at 4:52 pm according to Jamison's report.
He drove from Phillips Lake to Bangor and had Mike's girlfriend in the
Bangor PD for an interview
at 5:45 pm according to Linda's statement. It was the next day, Feb. 25,
that Shuman visited Mike's father work place to ask for dental records.
The autopsy was also done the morning of Feb. 25.
I have reason to believe the state police and the Bangor police knew Mike's body was lying under the pile of fire rubble for the six days he lay there.
The DEA agents had impounded Pollard’s rental car (red Pinto) that Percy Sargent was driving the night he was arrested in the drug sting (the vehicle Pollard tried to retrieve when he arrived at the Bangor PD the morning of Feb. 24, and was arrested).
The red Pinto was seen leaving the murder scene at the time of the murder—according to Erwin Cross. Mr. Cross called me after reading in the newspaper about the three men being arrested for Mike's murder in 1984. He told me the morning of the fire—February 18, 1981—he was up during the early morning hours and was listening to his police scanner when he heard a woman say that there was a fire at Phillips Lake. He said he didn’t know where the call was sent, whether it was sent to the Brewer Police, Bangor Police, Maine State Police, or the Sheriff’s Department. But he heard a woman say that she had seen two men walking another man into the woods and then she had heard a gunshot. He said the person said, “Watch for a red Pinto heading for Brewer.”
In 1986, I was shocked when I found court documents that corroborated Mr. Cross’s information. A DEA agent testified in June of 1981 that Percy was driving a red Pinto when he met up with them. The DEA Agents had impounded the red Pinto after Percy was arrested and were driving it.
3. Shuman says on Feb. 25, 1981, he interviewed Mike's father and Mike's father advised him that Mike had escape from the Superior Courthouse in Bangor. Why does Shuman keep altering facts? Shuman went to see Derald to ask him where Mike's dental records could be located and never came back. The only information we received about Mike's death was from Derald's co-worker, who also worked part time at a funeral home. He said Mike's death was an accident. This is also what the public was being told.
4. Shuman says he made arrangements to interview Pollard. He says we met on March 3, 1981. How casual! “We met.” Pollard was in court in Waterville the morning of March 3, 1981 to answer to a charge of forgery. Det. Shuman and Trp Ronald Graves travelled to Waterville with an arrest warrant signed by MSP Det. Pinkham. Shuman was waiting for Pollard when he came out of court. He had been indicted on March 2 for reckless conduct w/a dangerous weapon (firing 5 bullets into a family residence). Shuman arrested Pollard and transported to Bangor where he was arraigned, jailed and segregated from other prisoners. The March 3, 1981 statement Shuman took from Pollard while he was incarcerated is a deceptive story about his presence at the cottage at the time of Mike’s murder.
|4. Shuman says Pollard walked to a nearby residence to call
for a ride. Cormier's attorney, Martha Harris spoke with
Fire Chief Norman Herrin
and he said he observed someone running from the scene and also observed
the tracks of that individual and that it was clear to him that that
person was wearing two shoes and did not have his foot bound in the
manner in which Mr. Pollard indicated to Mr. Shuman. Herrin was
not contacted when the three men were indicted for Mike's murder.
Cormier and Pollard had visited the Sargent residence and told them that a body would be found in a camp fire before Pollard went to the John Clark residence to stage a call. Ms. Harris also spoke with Mrs. Clark and she said there was no strangeness about this individual's shoe-wear and there was no odor of fire or soot on Mr. Pollard.
5. Shuman says he interviewed Pollard again on March 5, 1981 and his account of the events were consistent with his March 3, 1981 statement. Pollard's March 5, 1981 statement said that he basically told the same story as his previous interview except he heard sounds like logs dropping on the floor. Fire Inspector Wilbur Ricker in his 1989 deposition said if you had enough fire to drop a rafter you would have a temperature that you wouldn't take more than one breath and you would go down just like you were in operating room.
Ricker was not contacted when Richard Sargent, Roger Johnson and William Myers were indicted for Mike's murder. Ricker said he read about it in the newspaper.
7. Shuman says on April 3, 1981 (March 25, 1981), Pollard took a polygraph examination. This was Shuman's basis for eliminating Pollard as a suspect.
The test was not included in the state’s discovery documents according to PI Carl Buchanan's report (page9) Buchanan told me that Shuman said they lost Pollard’s polygraph test.
9. In David Dupray's Feb. 24, 1981 statement Shuman says Dupray advised that he believed that the reason his camp was shot up was that Roger Johnson believed that Dupray owed him $12,000 in a land deal. Dupray said he did not pay because of drug dealing.
Shuman doesn't mention Percy Sargent in his affidavit. But Dupray talks about Percy in the statement he gave to Shuman. He told Shuman that he was afraid of Percy Sargent. He said that Percy wanted him to save him. He wanted lawyer money because he was facing rape charges and needed money. Dupray said he did not give any money to Percy, but he lost a substantial amount of money from the trunk of his car while it was parked at the racketball club in Bangor.
Shuman took another statement from Dupray on Mar. 3, 1981. Shuman doesn't include this statement in his affidavit. Dupray had an attorney with him for this meeting with Shuman. "Dupray stated that the night that Percy Sargent confronted him at the racketball club, Percy threatened David with bodily harm that would probably cost him $10,000. Percy told Dupray 'I had a dream and in this dream you get severely beaten up.'" Dupray stated that he feels it was Percy that ripped off the $3.800 that was in the trunk of his car. Shuman brings up Roger Johnson again in this 1981 statement. He says according to Dupray, through Percy Sargent, that Roger Johnson made a threat about burning Dupray's camp down. According to Shuman, Dupray said someone told him that Bob Rideout (a police informant) got a call from Percy and he thought Percy had been drinking and he thought Percy said they planned to teach David a lesson.
Shortly after Mike's death I visited Linda Gray and she told me that someone told her that they were at a party and Percy was there and he was bragging about having Mike Killed. I told this to Shuman and he said they knew it.
December 5, 1984, nearly three years later, Roger Johnson was indicted and arrested for arson and Mike's murder. During Shuman's interview (page 12) of Johnson, he said to him “I heard that Percy Sargent was at a party here just before he went to Thomaston, and that he was bragging about Micheal Cochran getting knocked off." (This is the information Linda told me but when I told it to Deputy AG Brennigan, head of the criminal division, he harshly said “rumors, rumors.” ) Johnson said, “I heard that Percy done it.”
|11. Shuman says at this stage of the investigation
it seemed clear to him that the arson/homicide of Micheal Cochran was
related to his connections and activities in the drug underworld and our
investigation in the arson/homicide was making little progress in view
of the fact that few people in the drug underworld would cooperate with
I find this very offensive. I believe that Shuman and Pinkham were unethical officers of the law. And I also believe they obstructed justice when they refused to interview witnesses who had information about Mike's murder. To cover for their unethical behavior, while investigators on Mike's murder for 16 years, they blamed Mike for his own murder saying he was so deep in the drug underworld that they couldn't investigate his murder. I requested another investigator to be assigned Mike's murder, but the state refused to assign another investigator.
There were times when Shuman and Pinkham denigrated Mike rather than the men who murdered him.
When Richard was arrested December 5, 1984 Shuman and Pinkham interviewed (page 7) him in his cell at the Hancock jail. Shuman told Richard that “Percy and Cochran were going to make a hit on Charlie Dolan” In an April 14, 1986 recorded conversation Richard Sargent had with his brother, Percy Sargent, Percy told Richard that Mike wanted nothing to do with Pollard and Cormier's armed robberies. Yet, six months later, on October 2, 1986, Assistant AG Thomas Goodwin told the news that Mike “may have been involved in some plans to steal quantities of cash and drugs from other narcotics dealers.”
While interviewing Richard, Shuman couldn't decide whether Mike was murdered because he set Percy Sargent up for his drug arrest or because he owed Roger Johnson $20,000, or welched on a coke deal or snitched on Roger Johnson.
According to Shuman, Mike was a pretty bad guy. He stole $3500 from David Harriman, he attacked David Dupray, he was going to make a hit on Charlie Dolan and he welshed on a $20,000 coke deal with Roger Johnson. All of Shuman’s accusations against Mike were acts that Percy Sargent committed. Percy Sargent stole the money from the trunk of Dupray's vehicle. Percy Sargent attacked Dupray and Percy Sargent made a hit on Dolan for $20,000 on Nov. 27, 1980.
Why did the Maine State Police and Maine AG’s Office feel that it was necessary to cover for Percy Sargent and smear Mike, the victim? I believe their reason for denigrating Mike was to make him look so worthless that the public wouldn't care if his murder was ever solved and it helped them to cover-up what they did wrong the night he was murdered.
Just to show how Shuman bent the truth I refer to two false statements he made against Richard Sargent. October 16, 1984, Shuman told David Harriman that “a week after the fire at the camp, Dickie Sargent and this other guy, I’ll think of his name in a minute, showed up while the Fire Marshall was there.” This is a false statement. In Det. Shuman's own report he states "Inspector Ricker advised that while Det. Jamison went to make the phone call two people arrived on the property, Lionel Cormier of Bangor and Percy Sargent of Monroe. ... Both Sargent and Cormier appeared surprised to see Ricker and departed the scene shortly after telling him(Ricker) who the were."
Inspector Ricker told me in 1981 that he had turned the information over to Shuman and Pinkham and told them that the two men need to be looked at, along with the man Fire Chief Herrin saw fleeing into the woods. But Shuman accuses Richard Sargent and claims he can’t remember Lionel Cormier’s name.
Then in January of 1987, Shuman told an FBI investigating agent that Sharon Sargent advised that she was afraid of Richard Sargent. This is a false statement. In Sharon‘s July 24, 1984 interview she told Shuman that as far as Percy she was “more scared of him than I am any of the rest of them.” She did not say that she was afraid of Richard Sargent. Both of Shuman’s statements against Richard Sargent are complete falsehoods. This is a MSP detective who the State of Maine allowed to control Mike’s murder until he retired in 1997, sixteen-years.
I wrote Maine State Police Captain LaMontagne asking for someone new on Mike’s case after Shuman was accused of perjury during Cormier’s trial in 1986. I received no response. I was completely ignored by the State of Maine. Shuman was allowed to cover for Percy Sargent, Lionel Cormier and Paul Pollard while he denigrated my son whom they had murdered.
The following are people Shuman and Pinkham never contacted during their abysmal investigation:
1. Percy Sargent was living in Dupray’s cottage and had harbored Mike. Percy was never questioned. Percy was in jail when Bangor PD Lt. Roger Bryce visited David Dupray and his mother at Bangor District Court on the morning of February 18 to tell them their cottage burned early that morning. They told Bryce that Percy Sargent was staying in their cottage. Neither Bryce, Pinkham or Shuman ever spoke with Percy Sargent.
Fire Marshal Wilbur Ricker surprised Percy Sargent and Lionel Cormier when they arrived at the murder scene the morning he found Mike. Ricker told Shuman that the two men need to be looked at. Neither Lionel Cormier nor Percy Sargent were ever questioned.
Percy told Derry “you want to be sure to tell Thomas Goodwin that not one person has ever asked me about this whole case, you know; no DA, no cop, nothing.” He also said “nobody’s ever investigated me or asked me any questions about this or anything, you know.” Percy was never contacted.
2. According to Percy’s mother Frances Sargent and his sister Linda Harriman, Cormier and Pollard arrived at the Sargent residence approximately six hours after Mike’s murder and told the family to watch the news because they’re going to find a body in a camp in Dedham. Neither Frances Sargent nor Linda Sargent Harriman were ever questioned.
3. Robert Smith testified that he bailed Pollard from jail and loaned Cormier his car so Cormier, Percy, and Pollard could flee the State of Maine after they murdered Mike. Smith was never questioned.
4. Pollard said he went to his girlfriend, Karen Murray’s residence in Rhode Island to hide after he fled the state—Murray was never questioned.
6. In Paul Pollard’s February 12, 1985 statement he said after he fled the state he called his pseudo father, Owen Pollard, to tell him a man had died. He said Owen told him to come home and they would take care of it. Owen Pollard was never questioned.
That makes 7 people who had information about Mike’s murder and were never questioned.