Ex-convict with history of domestic violence killed girlfriend and her two kids

A Maine man has been charged with killing his girlfriend and her two children, whose bodies were discovered inside the mobile home they shared.

Keith Coleman, of Garland, faces three counts of murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, her 10-year-old son, Duwayne Coke, and her 8-year-old daughter, Destiny Sargent.

The three were found dead inside the family’s trailer just before 10pm Saturday by Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies, who had been alerted by worried relatives.

Acting on a tip, deputies searching for Coleman found him Sunday afternoon at an apartment building in Bucksport where he was visiting friends.

The minivan that Coleman had been driving and that police had sought was found parked outside the apartment.

Coleman, 27, was transported to the state police barracks in Bangor for questioning, then sent to the Penobscot County Jail. His first court appearance will be Monday or Tuesday, state police said.

Autopsies on the mother and her children are scheduled for Monday. Authorities have not said how they think the family were killed.

The mobile home is under police guard. Detectives planned to return Monday.

The Bangor Daily News reported two of the bodies were discovered inside the home at 12 Paul Road in rural Maine by a relative performing a welfare check on the family.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at 9.50pm, they came upon the third body.

The sheriff’s office launched a search Saturday night for Keith Coleman in connection to the deaths after naming him a person of interest.

The 27-year-old was taken into custody at around 3pm Sunday as he was leaving a friend’s apartment in Bucksport.

Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Ellis told the paper that the man and Christina Sargent, who was her cousin, had been together since January 2012.

Ellis, who has a 3-year-old with Coleman, said that suspect has a history of domestic violence, including several instances in which the 27-year-old had tried to strangle her and pulled a knife on her.

Coleman’s criminal record includes two arrests in 2011 and 2013 on outstanding warrants, and a conviction in October 2011 for growing marijuana.

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