News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 28, 2013 and The Weekly Packet, February 28, 2013
Case of Deer Isle woman accused of manslaughter delayed

by Jessica Brophy

At a court proceding on Thursday, February 21, the defense attorney and prosecutor involved in the case of Kimberly Phelan requested more preparation time and a continuance on the case.

Phelan’s attorney Steven Juskewitch told the judge, Justice Ann Murray, more time was needed before the case could proceed. District Attorney Carletta Bassano agreed.

During the court proceeding, Juskewitch asked the judge to amend Phelan’s bail. The bail had required Phelan to reside with her father; the change allows her to stay with her mother.

Phelan was granted a continuance, and will next appear in court on Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Phelan is charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence of an intoxicant and reckless conduct.

Phelan allegedly struck her boyfriend, Andrew Ray, with the couple’s 2003 Pontiac Aztek on Saturday, September 15, around 4:30 a.m., according to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Ray later died at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital as a result of those injuries. According to court documents, Phelan had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent at 6:38 a.m. that morning.