- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Maine man charged with beating and stabbing his grandmother to death before setting fire to the home they shared in Old Orchard Beach.

Authorities say Derik Poulin killed 61-year-old Patricia Noel in October 2012. Noel described in letters and in conversations with relatives that Poulin had “gotten physical” with her.

He’s charged with murder and arson.

Two hundred potential jurors awaited questioning when the selection process began Monday.

Defense lawyer Amy Fairfield says the 26-year-old Poulin has struggled with mental illness. He was committed a state psychiatric hospital last year for an evaluation before he was found competent to stand trial.

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