ELLSWORTH — Jurors last week deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning with a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Franklin man accused of entering a Stonington apartment and assaulting the woman living there in an attempt to steal drugs.
Morris Young, 26, was tried in Hancock County Superior Court on charges of robbery, burglary, assault, aggravated criminal trespass and theft. The three-day trial ended Sept. 19.
The charges against Young stem from the Feb. 9 assault of a 60-year-old woman at her apartment at Stonington Manor. A man entered the apartment around 5:40 a.m. and struck the victim several times in what prosecutors claim was an attempt to steal prescription medications. The victim was treated for her injuries at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill.
Following an investigation by Detective Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Detective Steve McFarland of the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office, Young and Catherine Carton, 33, of Sedgwick were arrested March 30 on burglary and robbery charges related to the incident.
Young’s attorney, Robert Van Horn, said he believes jurors did not accept the testimony of a Stonington woman, Jennifer Seile, as being credible.
“We basically caught her in several lies,” Van Horn said.