PARIS, MAINE - A 32-year-old former cook today entered conditional guilty plea to four murders in western Maine. One of the victims was from Batesville.
Christian Nielsen's plea came a day before jury selection was to begin his trial. Yesterday, Nielsen's lawyers dropped a request to reconsider his competency, eliminating an obstacle that threatened to delay his trial.
A judge ruled last month that Nielsen was competent to stand trial.
Nielsen is charged with killing three women at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast in Newry, Maine. He's also accused of elsewhere killing a fourth victim, Charles Whitehurst of Batesville.
Nielsen's conditional guilty plea can be withdrawn only if the courts decide that he is not competent to stand trial and that his confession is not admissable.