A Superior Court judge took the unusual step Friday of granting bail to a Farmington man charged with murdering his infant son 38 years ago. In setting bail at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety, Justice Thomas Warren said he didn’t think Burton Hagar, 62, was a flight risk and didn’t believe he was a risk to commit additional crimes.
Hagar’s attorney, Verne Paradie, said he wasn’t sure whether his client would be able to post bail but was pleased with the judge’s decision. Hagar was arrested in April after a grand jury indicted him on a murder charge. He is suspected of killing his 4-month-old son, Nathan Hagar, in May 1979, a death that was originally attributed to sudden infant death syndrome.
Credit: Eric Russell, Portland Press Herald
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