A homeless man accused of stealing guns has been charged with first-degree murder after police said he slit an Auburn man’s throat to steal his prescription medications.
Jason Lee Gamache, 43, also was charged with stealing a .22-caliber rifle from the home where he was staying. When police found Gamache, they said he had prescription medication that matched that missing from the nearby home where Wayne McCune was killed.
McCune’s wife returned home Aug. 2 and found his husband partially buried under a file cabinet. He suffered from debilitating ailments and had been searching for ways to take his own life, so she thought he had killed himself, according to investigation documents.
Police noticed inconsistencies: They found no knife near his body, and blood stains indicated a struggle. The medical examiner’s autopsy found defensive wounds.
Gamache left Auburn without telling the people he was staying with. Police said that after detectives found him, Gamache admitted he had been living in his car since Aug. 2, the day McCune was killed.
Gamache is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge later this month.