Her Last Day
Luc Speaks Out
First Court Appearance
Report: Buried with potato chips, perfume
Luc Pleads 'Not Guilty'
Trial Set to Begin
Defense wants to argue alternate suspect theory
Luc Tieman spoke to us the day before his wife's body was discovered
Tieman murder trial begins
SKOWHEGAN (NEWS CENTER Maine) — With 34-year-old Luc Tieman set to stand trial for the 2016 murder of his wife Valerie, NEWS CENTER Maine broke down all the events in the twisted story, from his wife's reported disappearance to the mysterious items found buried with her body.
Jury selection will begin Thursday morning in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan. Once completed, the trial will likely get underway on Monday.
The murder case of Valerie Tieman
Here is the full interactive breakdown of what happened and when.
Chapter two: Her Last Day
Aug. 25, 2016
34-year-old Valerie Tieman was killed on Aug. 25, 2016, according to an autopsy report.
Chapter three: Last 'Seen'
Aug. 30, 2016
Valerie's husband, Luc Tieman, told police that he last saw her in a Walmart parking lot in Skowhegan. He claimed she was in the truck while he was inside shopping, and when he came out she was nowhere to be found. He did not report her missing to police at the time.
Chapter four: Reported Missing
Sept. 9, 2016
Valerie Tieman's family, that lives in South Carolina, reported her missing. Police do not take this report to the media until the following week to ask for the public's help. Read More
Chapter five: Luc Speaks Out
Sept. 19, 2016
Two weeks after her reported disappearance, Valerie Tieman's husband, Luc, speaks out for the first time exclusively to NEWS CENTER Maine. "I just want her to come out, not be scared," he said. "No one's going to get hurt or cares what she's done." He also said he was worried because she was "talking about another man." Read More
Chapter six: Body Found
Sept. 20, 2016
Valerie Tieman's body was found in a shallow grave in the woods. She was buried on the property of Luc Tieman's parents where the couple was living. Valerie's body was found one day after Luc spoke to NEWS CENTER Maine. That interview location, set by Tieman, happened to be just feet from where Valerie's body was discovered. Read More
Chapter seven: Husband Arrested
Sept. 21, 2016
Valerie's husband Luc Tieman is arrested for murder after her body was discovered. He was taken into custody along Kennebec Memorial Drive in Waterville, near a motel he stayed at the night before. Read More
Chapter eight: First Court Appearance
Sept. 23, 2016
Luc Tieman entered 'no plea' to the murder charge in Somerset County Superior Court, but the judge did grant a motion filed by prosecutors requiring Tieman to undergo a mental evaluation. Family told NEWS CENTER Maine that Luc Tieman suffered from PTSD after serving two tours overseas.Tieman had told police that he watched Valerie overdose on heroin and die. Read More
Chapter nine: Remembering Valerie
Oct. 3, 2016
Friends of Valerie Tieman gathered at the United Methodist Church in Fairfield to celebrate her life. Many described her as “vivacious” — having the ability to light up a room. Read More
Chapter ten: Report: Buried with potato chips, perfume
Oct. 17, 2016
An autopsy report detailed how Valerie Tieman's body was found. A bag of potato chips, a bottle of perfume and a note that reportedly had an 'apologetic tone' were all discovered with her body in a shallow grave. It was determined that she died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
Chapter eleven: Luc Pleads 'Not Guilty'
Nov. 18, 2016
Luc Tieman pleaded 'not guilty' in Somerset County Superior Court. When leaving the courthouse, he told reporters, “God bless our families. God bless Donald Trump.”
Chapter twelve: Evidence Challenged
Dec. 5, 2017
Luc Tieman's lawyer moves to suppress statements Tieman allegedly made to detectives following his wife Valerie's death, reporting that he witnessed her die of a heroin overdose. That statement contradicted his initial claims she vanished from a Walmart parking lot. Tieman's lawyer said his client's Miranda Rights were never read. Read the full report by our media partners at the Portland Press Herald.
Chapter thirteen: Jury Selection
March 29, 2018
Jury selection begins in Somerset County Superior Court in the trial of Luc Tieman for the murder of his wife, Valerie. Read More
Chapter fourteen: Trial Set to Begin
April 2, 2018
Luc Tieman is set to stand trial for Valerie Tieman's murder in Somerset County Superior Court. He has pleaded 'not guilty.'
Chapter fifteen: Defense wants to argue alternate suspect theory
According to the Morning Sentinel, Luc Tieman's defense team wants to introduce an alternate suspect in Valerie's murder.
Chapter sixteen: Luc Tieman spoke to us the day before his wife's body was discovered
NEWS CENTER Maine's Samantha York spoke to Luc Tieman just one day before his wife's body was discovered. He told us he was doing his own search for her.
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Chapter seventeen: Tieman murder trial begins
According to testimony, Luc Tieman said he could never hurt his wife because he, 'loved her like Christ loved the church.'