Alleged assailant says he acted in self-defense
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ? A North Carolina man accused of breaking into a Maine home, attacking the homeowner in his sleep and leaving him for dead says he was simply defending himself.
Ephriam K. Bennett tells the Portland Press Herald that he went into his neighbor's home in Standish because he was cold and needed to borrow some money. He says he defended himself after 55-year-old Richard Carlson insulted him and tried to take a swing at him Saturday night.
Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion says the victim was attacked in his sleep, tied up with duct tape and then kicked and stabbed. Carlson is recovering at Maine Medical Center with stab wounds, broken ribs and cuts to his face and head.