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Poland man charged with brother's murder

Justin Butterfield was charged Thursday after the body of Gabriel Damour, 38, of Poland, was found in a mobile home on Poplar Drive in Poland.

POLAND, MAINE, Maine — A Poland man is charged with murder after the body of his brother was found in his mobile home Thursday morning.

Justin Butterfield, 34, of 14 Poplar Drive, was arrested Thursday evening and charged with murder in the death of 38-year-old Gabriel Damour of Poland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Shannon Moss said. Moss said Damour and Butterfield were brothers.

Androscoggin County deputies were called to the home just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday for a disturbance complaint and found Damour's body, Moss said. An autopsy conducted Friday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the death was a homicide.

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit and Evidence Team were at the home Thursday, and on Thursday evening, arrested Butterfield. He will be held without bail until an initial court appearance next week.

The Maine State Police evidence response vehicle remained outside of Butterfield's home throughout much of Friday morning, as investigators continued collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.

Multiple neighbors told NEWS CENTER Maine on Friday that Butterfield had suffered from serious mental health challenges in recent years.

Neighbors told the Sun Journal that Butterfield had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and said he was repeatedly hospitalized but then released. 

"I hate that he had to suffer like that. Now this is where he is, unfortunately. My heart's just breaking for everybody. We're not used to this kind of stuff around here," Butterfield neighbor Lori Simard said.

Simard said she's lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years, and has known Butterfield for five years. She told NEWS CENTER Maine about his recent struggles with mental health, and said the entire situation is heartbreaking.

"I think Justin just didn't get the proper attention that he deserved. He's a good guy, he's only 34, he's still a kid. I have kids that age and ugh. This is killing me," Simard said.

According to Maine State Police, Butterfield is being held without bail at the Androscoggin County Jail, and is expected to make his initial court appearance in Androscoggin County Superior Court next week.

"There have been so, so may calls for help, so many hospital stays," Yaicha Provencher, the mother of Butterfield's child, told the paper. "But nobody listens. It's not for lack of a support system, because he had one."

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