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Closing arguments to be heard in trial of Maine man accused of killing girlfriend

FARMINGTON (WGME) — The jury will hear closing arguments in a murder trial in Franklin County on Monday.

James “Ted” Sweeney is accused of killing his girlfriend with a softball bat in July 2017.

Police found 51-year-old Wendy Douglas dead inside of the home she shared with her longtime boyfriend, Sweeney, in Jay.

Sweeney was arrested and charged with Douglas’s murder after turning himself in to police.

According to investigators, Sweeney, who is deaf, gave police a note that said, “I am going to jail because I hurt my girlfriend.”

Investigators say Douglas suffered significant head injuries.

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According to the Sun Journal, defense attorneys deemed Sweeney to be suffering from schizophrenia, but prosecutors say he knew what he was doing.

Sweeney has pleaded not guilty to a charge of intentional murder.

Closing arguments are set for at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Superior Court.

If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.