Monday, July 5, 2010

Maine Homicide Rate in 2010

"Maine’s historic homicide average is 24 per year, he said Tuesday, with about half of those classified by police as acts of domestic violence. With the year nearly half over, the state’s homicide rate is not on track to break recent records, he said. Six of this year’s homicides have been classified as “domestics,” he said, including the death of Deborah Littlefield, allegedly at the hands of her husband, Michael Littlefield.

The homicide rate in Maine has had some fluctuations recently, according to information provided by the Maine Department of Public Safety’s Public Information Office. In 2008, when 31 people were killed, it marked a 32 percent increase from the 2007 rate. The 2008 murder rate was the highest since 1989, when 40 people were killed."
Read more in "Maine homicide rate not on track to break records", Bangor Daily News, June 29, 2010.

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