ELLSWORTH — A second man has been arrested in connection with an Amity triple murder, for which police charged a former Ellsworth resident.
Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said Robert Strout was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of hindering apprehension and arson, which is a Class A felony.
Strout was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, McCausland said. He was released on bail Monday.
Police say Thayne Ormsby stabbed three people to death on June 22: Jeffrey Ryan, 55, his son Jesse, 10, and Jason DeHahn, 30.
In Maine, the Maine attorney general prosecutes murder cases.
“The hindering allegation in the indictment alleges over a period of time he [Strout] covered up for Thayne Ormsby so Ormsby could get away with murder,” said Maine Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson.
After the murders, Ormsby went to the Weston home of Robert Strout’s daughter Tamara and burned his clothes there, police said.
Police say that Robert Strout, 63, then followed Ormsby, who was driving Ryan’s truck, to burn it. Benson said the truck burning is where the arson charge stems from.
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