Trial of New York man charged with killing Westbrook woman getting underway


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PORTLAND, Maine — The trial of a New York City man charged with killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV in a motel parking lot in Portland is underway.

Prosecutors say Anthony Pratt Jr. shot 29-year-old Margarita Fisenko Scott of Westbrook inside a Portland apartment in November 2012. But a defense attorney said Monday that police were "too hasty and close-minded."

Scott's body was found in January 2013.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) said the defense contends DNA evidence points to someone other than the 21-year-old defendant. Prosecutors say Pratt's DNA was found on chewing gun used to plug a bullet hole in the victim's apartment. But the defense said DNA evidence suggested others had handled the weapon and that someone else had sex with the victim before she died.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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