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Man charged with roommate's murder in Old Orchard Beach

Dustan Bentley, 40, is accused of fatally stabbing and beating his roommate, 65-year-old William Popplewell.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — The death of a man in Old Orchard Beach has been determined to be a murder, according to state and local police. 

Dustan Bentley, 40, was charged Tuesday night with the murder of his 65-year-old roommate, William Popplewell.

Bentley appeared in York County Superior Court on Wednesday and judge ordered him to be held without bail. His next court appearance is in May.

Popplewell's death was first reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, according to Maine Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

The State Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that Popplewell died from stabbing and blunt force trauma. 

The two roommates had previously stayed at the Oxford Street shelter in Portland. They had been living together at an apartment at 5 Boisvert Street in Old Orcahrd Beach for the past two months.