WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man locked in jail for 25 years for murder was released by a judge who believed that he was harmless to society, he was convicted again for murder.
- Albert Flick, 77, was found guilty for killing a woman he was stalking by stabbing her while her twin sons watched.
- The murder was frighteningly similar to the crime he committed decades ago where he stabbed his ex-wife to death in front of her daughter.
A man who was imprisoned for decades for stabbing his wife to death was released after being judged as too old to be considered a threat. Yet, he was again convicted of a similar crime this week.
It took less than an hour for Maine jurors to find 77-year-old Albert Flick guilty in the 2018 killing of a homeless mother, Kimberly Dobbie where she was stabbed for at least 11 times in front of her twin sons.
Strangely, the murder was similar to the 1979 crime that gave Flick a 25-year sentence after slashing his former wife Sandra Flick 14 times while her daughter watched.
Although Flick was released from jail in 2004, he was sent back in 2010 for physically assaulting another woman.
At the time, the judge dismissed the recommendation for a longer sentence. He contended that due to Flick’s age he wouldn’t be a danger to society plus it didn’t make sense to keep him in prison. So in 2014, Flick was freed and moved to Lewiston.
According to prosecutors, after meeting 48-year-old Dobbie, Flick became obsessed with her. He stalked her and stayed at the homeless shelter where she was staying.
Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis told jurors that when Flick learned that Dobbie was planning to get out of town, he told himself: “If I can’t have her, I will kill her.”
Flick then bought a pair of knives at a Walmart store two days before the murder, said prosecutors. Then in broad daylight in front of a Laundromat, he attacked Dobbie and slashed her heart and lungs. Her 11-year-old twins who were with her at the time witnessed the stabbing. The crime was also captured on surveillance video.
Elsie Clement, who was a child when she witnessed Flick fatally stab her mother told the local NBC outlet that the judge who released him in 2014 will have to answer to Dobbie’s sons.
“I would like to just see [everyone involved] in a line and stand there and tell [Dobbie’s] boys, explain to them how this man was on the streets and how it’s OK,” said Clement. “How the law makes it alright for their mom to now be gone and for them to have to witness it,” she added.
In August, Flick will be sentenced and he will surely be spending his life behind bars.
Source: New York Post