During Cormier's trial, Shuman testified
that he didn't arrest Pollard in Waterville—that it was the
Waterville police who arrested him for a traffic violation. Ms. Harris
produced a document that showed his testimony was false. Shuman had arrested Pollard in Waterville
for reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. And he also falsely testified that he didn't know
about the armed robberies until Pollard told him in 1985. |
Attorney Harris also exposed many of Pollard’s criminal activities before and immediately after Mike’s murder and his association with Homicide Det. Shuman:
1) Under questioning by Cormier's attorney Shuman admitted that Pollard WAS a suspect in Mike’s murder in 1981 in opposition to what Shuman, Pinkham, and AAG Goodwin told me. Shuman had testified during Richard’s July trial: “I don’t believe I ever indicated to Mr. Pollard that he was a suspect.”
2) Pollard admitted that he WAS a suspect in Mike’s murder in 1981. How did he know if Shuman never told him that he was a suspect?
3) Pollard admitted that he lied to Shuman in his March 3, 1981 statement.
4) Pollard admitted that he was indicted for reckless conduct with a firearm—shooting into somebody’s house.
5) Pollard admitted that he had a .357 Smith and Wesson gun at the camp and had it on him the morning he fled the murder scene.
6) Pollard admitted he was still armed with the .357 gun during the second robbery of Charles Dolan, 37 days after Mike’s murder.
7) Pollard admitted that he fled the state within a couple of days after Mike’s murder.
8) Robert Smith testified that Pollard had been arrested for Mike’s murder, and that a day or so after the murder, Pollard and Cormier stopped at his house to borrow his car to get Pollard out of state. And that he provided the bail for Pollard to get out of the Penobscot County Jail for that incident.
9) Pollard's attorney, Marvin Glazier testified that he represented Pollard for a reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and that he and Shuman discussed dismissing the indictment.
10) Shuman testified that, with assistance from District Attorney David Cox and the Attorney General, the reckless conduct indictment was dismissed.
11) Glazier testified that Pollard told him that he had stolen firearms and dynamite in his apartment in Massachusetts and asked for his assistance in disposing of them. Pollard drove the stolen firearms and dynamite across three state lines, from Massachusetts to Maine. The cache was unloaded into Glazier vehicle and with approval from DA Cox Glazier transported the firearms and dynamite to the Bangor Police Department.
12) Shuman testified that he went to Waterville to pick Pollard up after the Waterville Police arrested him for a traffic violation. Harris showed him a copy of an indictment for the reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon on the day he went to Waterville. He said he didn’t learn till afterwards that Pollard was under indictment for the reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon but evidence shows that Shuman arrested Pollard for the reckless conduct and transported him to Bangor where he was jailed.
13) Armed with a .357 pistol, Pollard committed two armed robberies and profited $13,000.
After the trials were over I decided to search for any information I could find on Paul Pollard. Shuman testified that Pollard was arrested for a traffic violation in Waterville, Maine, I contacted the Waterville District Court and asked for a copy of Paul Pollard’s traffic violation record. I was told there was no traffic record on Paul Pollard there. I then called the Penobscot County District Court and was told the same thing. They referred me to the Maine Motor Vehicle Division in Augusta. The only thing on Pollard’s Driving Record Report was an accident in Somerville, Maine in 1985.
The report states, “No conviction records.” But yet Shuman had testified under oath that (1) “... shortly after the fire. Mr. Pollard was arrested for a traffic violation. (2) “I didn’t arrest him. He was arrested I think by Waterville police, police department, on an unpaid fine down there in Waterville.” (3) “I believe it was a traffic fine.” This was all false testimony.
I wondered if there was anything on Pollard’s State Bureau of Identification (SBI) record and sent for a copy of his record. The only charge on his SBI report was a forgery in Waterville. The copy I received had less information than the one my attorney received.
I then drove 57 miles south to Kennebec County District Court in Waterville and requested any and all records on Paul Daniel Pollard. I was given a file that contained only documents regarding a forgery charge. There was a Complaint for Violation of 17A MRSA § 703, dated January 26, 1979, that states:
Paul Pollard with intent to defraud, falsely signed a paper, to wit, an application/signature card in order to obtain services and credit under the name of Edward Dow at the Depositor’s Trust Company on Main Street in Waterville, Maine, knowing that the name Edward Dow was false and not his true name.
| There was also an
Affidavit and Request for Warrant of Arrest dated February 5, 1979,
by Det. Richard A. Tompkins, a Waterville PD officer.
The file also contained a Bangor PD Arrest Report issued by Lt. Roger Bryce at 1130 hours on February 24, 1981 (two years later) that states: “On 2–24–81 this investigator (Bryce) arrested Paul Daniel Pollard, DOB 11–1–59 on a Bench Warrant for forgery for Waterville, Maine Police Department. Bryce was involved in every aspect of Mike’s murder.
Shuman took a statement from Pollard on March 3, 1981 after he arrested him and returned him to Bangor. At the bottom of the statement Shuman added a note in reference to Pollard's 2-24-81 arrest at the Bangor PD. “On Friday, February 20, 1981, Pollard went to Bangor Police Department to see if he could get the rental car back that was impounded the night Percy was arrested. That same Friday, Pollard took a bus to Augusta, came back Tuesday and got arrested on an old traffic summons out of Waterville at the Bangor Police Station.”
The information about Pollard being arrested for a traffic summons is a falsehood Shuman started in 1981. And five years later, February 12, 1985, Shuman took a statement from Pollard in Massachusetts. The statement is in Shuman's words of what he claims Pollard told him. Shuman states the same lie when he says “While at the Police Department, I got arrested on an old traffic ticket and bailed myself out.”
After receiving the arrest report on Pollard by Lt. Bryce, I went to Bangor Superior Court, and asked for any and all files on Paul Pollard and Lionel Cormier. I was told that there was no file for Paul Pollard but there was a file for Lionel Cormier. The only information in Cormier’s file was a voluntary statement by Cormier that said “refused statement.” But, there were many documents in Cormier’s file on Paul Pollard.
Cormier’s file contained an Incident Report, by Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross concerning reckless conduct (Attorney Harris questioned Shuman about the reckless conduct in August 1986) that occurred on January 23, 1981 at a Walter Young residence and states that shots were fired at house. There was a Diagram of the Scene and a Voluntary Statement from Walter Young, also on January 23, 1981 stating that “... there were 2 shots fired outside my home, followed quickly by 3 more shots closer together.”
Young followed the vehicle and got the vehicle plate number. Vehicle registered to Paul Pollard—included was a Progress Report that states: “Attempted to reach Paul Pollard at McCard Rd., but Carla Phair stated that he was gone for three weeks working, but she did not know where. Will have officer check area for auto attached and if in area, subject will be questioned.
Also in the file was a voluntary statement Ross took from Paul Pollard on February 19, 1981, the day after Mike was murdered.
Pollard told Ross that he owned a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun that had been given to him by his mother at some point in late January.
Mike had already been lying under the pile of burned rubble for one day at the time Ross interviewed Pollard. The reckless conduct happened on Jan. 23. What brought Ross to see Pollard one day after Mike was murdered, nearly one month after the reckless conduct incident?
Included in Cormier’s file was a March 2, 1981 Indictment for Reckless Conduct with Use of a Dangerous Weapon stating, “Paul Pollard did recklessly create a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to Walter Young with the use of a dangerous weapon, to wit, a firearm.” And also a March 3, 1981, Warrant of Arrest on Paul Pollard for Reckless Conduct with Use of a Dangerous Weapon, signed by Ralph Pinkham, Maine State Police.
Pollard’s two crimes—forgery and reckless conduct with use of a dangerous weapon—collided on the morning of March 3, 1981 when Pollard showed up in Waterville District Court to answer to the charge of forgery and Det. Shuman and Trp. Ronald Graves showed up at the Waterville court with a warrant of arrest for Paul Pollard for reckless conduct signed by Maine State Police Det. Ralph Pinkham.
Shuman and Graves arrested Pollard in Waterville and transported him to Bangor where a statement was taken from Pollard at the Penobscot County Jail. He told an unbelievable story about hearing a buzzing noise that woke him between 3:00 and 4:00 am. He went outside but didn't have anything on his feet so he went back inside to get his boots and dropped one. He then wrapped a shirt around the undressed foot. He then heard the fire trucks coming so he took off into the woods and stayed in the woods until day light (February in Maine is a very cold month to stay in the woods for hours not fully dressed.) He was arraigned at Penobscot County Court and an Order of Commitment for Inability to Furnish Bail, dated March 3, 1981, was issued. Hand written at the bottom of the statement it says “Defendant shall be segregated from other prisoners.”
On March 6, 1981 Penobscot County Assistant DA Hilary Billings and Marvin Glazier, Pollard’s newly appointed attorney, were present for a bail review. Also on March 6, 1981 an appearance bond was issued and Pollard was bailed by Robert Smith's wife. She signed the bail document as Smith's mother Deborah Smith. Linda Smith told me this when I visited Robert Smith at the Correctional Center where he was incarcerated. There was also a docket sheet of each days occurrence after Pollard was indicted on March 2, 1981. There was also a copy of an indictment dismissal by Penobscot County District County David Cox (DA who found us in default on our murdered son's bail bond) and Assistant Attorney General Pasqual Perrino. The reason for the dismissal was that "Governmental fair play demands that complaint be dismissed."
After reading about the drive-by shooting at the Young residence, I contacted Mrs. Young and she willingly spoke with me. She told me that one bullet hit a wall only a couple of feet over a bed where a child was sleeping. What was fair play about that?
Mrs. Young said her understanding was that something was bargained away and that they were too scared to pursue it any further because they were told that the men were dangerous.
During Cormier’s August 1986 trial, Attorney Harris asked Shuman “[Y]ou had some involvement, did you not, with that charge against Mr. Pollard up here and the subsequent dismissal of that?”
“Which charge was that? The reckless conduct that you just showed me?”
“Reckless conduct, yes.”
“I believe I did."
Cormier’s file also contained a report on “firearms and some dynamite” stolen during burglaries. It was a report on an unnamed client. The only way I knew who the perpetrator of the burglaries were was from hearing Cormier's attorney questioning Paul Pollard’s attorney, Marvin Glazier, about the incident.
The documents say that Bangor Attorney Marvin Glazier made an arrangement with Penobscot County DA David Cox to allow an unnamed client to transfer a load of rifles, shotguns and dynamite, stolen during burglaries, across three state lines (Massachusetts, New Hampshire and two hundred miles across Maine) and get rid of them at the Bangor Police Department with no consequences.
To what extent would District Attorney David Cox and Maine State Police Detectives Shuman and Pinkham go to protect Paul Pollard? And how many attorneys’ would get involved in helping a client get rid of stolen rifles, shotguns and dynamite? What type of service would that come under? How much would an attorney charge for getting involved in helping a client cover up his crime of stealing rifles, shotguns and dynamite during burglaries?
If I hadn't heard Attorney Glazier testify in court during his voir dire as to who brought the firearms, rifles and dynamite to him, I wouldn't have known the unnamed client was Paul Pollard because neither Paul Pollard nor Owen Pollard were named anywhere in the four page report.
In Pollard’s February 12, 1985 Massachusetts statement it states that “[A]round New Years of 1982 I called Owen [not natural father] and told him about the guns. Owen told me to get rid of the stuff. I called my lawyer, Marvin Glazier he said to deliver the stuff to him and he would give it to the police.” Owen Pollard took responsibility for transporting the stolen rifles, shotguns and dynamite from Massachusetts, across the state of New Hampshire and 200 across the state of Maine before reaching his and Paul's attorney in Bangor, Maine.
Also in this statement Pollard said after they [Cormier and Percy Sargent had taken Pollard out of state to hide] had dropped him off and left " I called Owen, my father from Rhode Island and told him about the fire and that someone had died in it and that I was scared, Owen told me to come home and we would take care of it."
I now had five crimes that Pollard had committed:
(1) February 1979—Forgery—He was charged $250 for the 1979 forgery. He paid $100 of the fine on February 25, 1981 which was applied toward a bail. This left a balance of $150 which was paid on April 6, 1981. (Apparently Pollard was jailed on February 24, 1981 when Bryce arrested him for the forgery at the Bangor PD, but no one would ever admit this.)
(2) November 1980—armed robbery — Immunity by District Attorney Christopher Almy in 1986.
(3) January 23, 1981—Reckless Conduct w/Dangerous Weapon (5 bullets fired into Walter Young's residence)—indicted—indictment dismissed by District Attorney David Cox and Assistant Attorney General Pasqual Perrino.
February 18, 1981 — Micheal Cochran murder — During Richard Sargent's July 1986 trial Shuman was asked, “Did you have any understanding with him [Pollard]about his being free from prosecution in the murder?” Shuman's response was that “I didn’t make those indications. I had to talk with the District Attorney [Christopher Almy] before any type of bargain was made.”
(4) March 1981—armed robbery—Immunity by District Attorney Christopher Almy in 1986.
(5) January 1982—Rifles, shotguns, & dynamite stolen during burglaries— Transported from Mass. to Maine and unloaded in Pollard's attorney's vehicle. He transports the cache to the Bangor PD with approval from DA David Cox — no charges filed. In the report Pollard is called an unnamed client.