PARIS, Maine (AP) -- A day before jury selection was set to begin, a former cook has pleaded guilty to killing four people in a southern Maine resort town.
Christian Nielsen faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced next week. But if the courts decide he isn't competent to stand trial, then his plea could be withdrawn.
A state assistant attorney general told the court the only motive Nielsen ever gave for killing a handyman who was staying at a bed and breakfast was that he was "objectionable." He says over the next three days, Nielsen killed the lodge's owner, her daughter, and her daughter's friend to cover up the handyman's killing.
Psychologists testified at a competency hearing for Nielsen last month, saying he suffers from schizoid personality disorder and possibly a mild form of autism.
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