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ELLSWORTH, Maine

Affidavit says Maine man posed as homicide victim

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Court documents indicate a Maine man charged with murder withdrew money from the victim’s bank account, drove his car, and even posed as the victim after killing him between June and October of last year. The State Police affidavit was released Friday as William Morse, 43, of Trenton made his initial court appearance in Ellsworth. No one had reported Richard Bellitieri, 61, as missing after last being seen in June 2012. But Bar Harbor police noticed something was awry when they found Bellitieri’s driver’s license, credit cards, and Social Security card with Morse during a drunken driving arrest in July. Bellitieri’s remains were found Sunday, and an autopsy determined that he had been shot several times.

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