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Lewiston fact-finding commission postpones public hearing

Dec 11, 2023 | 12:06 pm ET
By AnnMarie Hilton
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Lewiston fact-finding commission postpones public hearing
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Independent Commission to Investigate the Facts of the Tragedy in Lewiston (Courtesy of Gov. Janet Mills' office)

The investigative body looking into the facts of the Lewiston mass shooting postponed its next public hearing scheduled for later this week. 

An update Monday morning from the Independent Commission to Investigate the Facts of the Tragedy in Lewiston said the hearing scheduled for Thursday will be postponed “as it continues to work to gather records critical to the investigation.”

A new date wasn’t mentioned, but a statement from Dan Wathen, commission chairman, said “the public hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible.”

“Unfortunately, the Commission is awaiting the receipt of key information we believe we need to help us paint the full picture before, during, and after that tragic day,” Wathen said. 

The commission is asking local, state and federal officials for all reports on the October 25 shooting and any previous reports involving the shooter, Robert Card, said Kevin Kelley, media contact for the commission. 

Kelley reiterated to Maine Morning Star that the commission is working as quickly as possible, but it’s taking longer than hoped since agencies have to compile “voluminous records.”

He added that commissioners are still engaged with state police and other sources to get information needed to “fulfill our obligation to the people of Maine.”

The commission held its first meeting in late November where it moved forward with a request for subpoena power from the state legislature.