ELLSWORTH — A Queens, N.Y., man charged with murder in the shooting death of a New Gloucester woman in Cherryfield in 2017 is seeking to have his case dismissed, according to attorneys.
Carine Reeves, 39, appeared in court Monday in Washington County.
The Maine Attorney General’s Office indicted Reeves on one count of murder in 2017. He is accused of killing Sally Shaw, 55, whose body was found July 19, 2017, along a roadside off of Route 193, according to the Maine State Police.
Augusta defense attorney Stephen Smith said his motion to dismiss is for “failing to bring the case to trial within the time specified in the extradition law.” Smith said technically the state has 120 days.
Maine Attorney General’s Office spokesman Marc Malon said assistant attorney generals Leane Zainea and Meg Elam represented the state during the hearing.
Reeves had initially been scheduled for trial for the fall of 2019, according to the Attorney General’s Office. However, Reeves had criminal charges in New York to be adjudicated before authorities there would release him to Maine authorities.
Reeves was found guilty in 2018 of two counts of first-degree assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to a spokesman for the Queens, N.Y., District Attorney’s Office.
Reeves was extradited to Maine in late January of this year.