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Jay man accused of killing girlfriend to make first court appearance

James Sweeney is charged with murder and it's leaving many in the community where the couple lived with questions, including why he allegedly killed his longtime girlfriend Wendy Douglas. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office/WGME)

AUBURN (WGME) -- A Jay man accused of killing his girlfriend will make his first court appearance Thursday.

James Sweeney is charged with murder and it's leaving many in the community where the couple lived with questions, including why he allegedly killed his longtime girlfriend Wendy Douglas.

Many are hoping to learn more about this murder when Sweeney is arraigned at the Androscoggin County courthouse.

The 56-year-old, who also goes by Ted, is being held without bail.

Police say he turned himself in Tuesday morning after police found his girlfriend dead inside their Jay home.

Witnesses say officers broke in the door of their Jewell Street home to get in.

Those who knew Douglass told CBS 13 that she was a generous and nice person.

They say she was volunteer for her church, donated vegetables from her garden to local food pantries and would even cook meals for families in need.

"She was a wonderful person. So sad to hear what happened to her. She was the most wonderful woman you could ask for in this town,” Alan Burnell, Livermore Falls resident, said.

"She was always just a friendly face, a kind word for everyone, and very caring,” Christa Shaw, Livermore Falls resident, said.

Sweeney is scheduled to appear at noon.

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