Jury finds Kimball guilty of murder in North Yarmouth bee farm shooting

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PORTLAND — A Superior Court jury Wednesday found Yarmouth lobster fisherman Merrill Kimball guilty of murder in the Oct. 6, 2013, shooting death of a 63-year-old Georgetown man at a North Yarmouth bee farm.

The jury issued its verdict in the early afternoon after deliberating roughly eight hours over two days.

Kimball, 72, fired three shots that killed Leon Kelley.

The farm is owned by 95-year-old Stan Brown. Kelley was Brown’s son-in-law. The shooting resulted from a confrontation over the role Kimball’s wife played in Brown’s finances.