Maine man kills ex-girlfriend and her partner in front of her daughters so 'no one else could have her'
Heather Bickford and her boyfriend Dana Hill, both 31, were shot to death by her ex, Mark Penley, 49, before their bodies were found n South Paris on New Year’s Day
A police affidavit in Maine stated that a man killed his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend because he did not want anyone else to have her.
Heather Bickford and her boyfriend Dana Hill, both 31, were shot to death by her ex, Mark Penley, 49, before their bodies were found with multiple gunshot wounds inside Bickford’s apartment in South Paris, Maine on New Year’s Day, the Bangor Daily News reports.
According to court documents released Friday morning during Penley's initial court appearance, law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call made by Penley and found him at the woman's residence holding her infant and 8-year-old daughters on the couch. Inside the apartment, authorities also found a blood-soaked baseball bat. However, the coroner concluded that the pair were killed by gunshots.
#BREAKING @MEStatePolice report that Mark Penley, 49-Year-old man from Peru, is charged with the murder of Heather Bickford and Dana Hill in South Paris. Police say Penley is the man who called 9-1-1 to report the bodies. pic.twitter.com/kyjINErYcN— Taylor Cairns (@TaylorWGME) January 4, 2019
Bickford's landlord said in a detailed statement to the police that Penley was allegedly following her and so she wanted to be seen by a judge on New Year's Eve, according to the newspaper. Penley's jealousy toward the couple, as well as his desire to kill Bickford so "no one else could have her", were recorded in detail in the said affidavit.
Bickford reportedly ended her 10-year relationship with Penley last May, according to the Press Herald, which also cited the Maine State Police affidavit. Bickford reported to police on December 28 that Penley had constantly pestered her since she ended their relationship and that she was afraid of him, investigators learned.
According to another ex-girlfriend of Penley, he told her in July that he had driven to Bickford's apartment and entered her unlocked home wearing a ski mask and sunglasses. He allegedly told her he watched Hill and Bickford sleep for 20 minutes and that he could've killed both at any time, the affidavit states. “When I’m ready, I’ll do it,” Penley told allegedly her, state police said.
At about 8.30 pm Tuesday, Penley dialed 911 to report that he found the couple dead. Upon the officers' arrival at the residence, they found both Bickford and Hill lying on the floor with a .22-caliber handgun in Bickford’s right hand. When asked about the killings, Penley insisted he had nothing to do with them. However, officers found a box of .22-caliber ammo and loose cartridges inside his vehicle.
Penley had allegedly started following the couple after seeing them at a bar in Paris on December 27, a friend of the duo told state police. According to him, he told her he was going to “blow his whole paycheck on bullets” to kill both her and her new boyfriend. Penley was denied bail on Friday.
According to the Press Herald, Bickford and Hill were in a legal dispute regarding child support payments dating back to 2010. Hill was ordered to pay more than $7,300 in back child support payments back in 2012 after it was understood that Hill was the father of Bickford's elder daughter, the New York Post reports.