AUBURN — A Sabattus man sent to prison for 55 years after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend is making a second bid for a new trial.

Daniel Roberts is asking Maine’s highest court to vacate his 2007 conviction.

The 44-year-old Roberts was found guilty of the August 2005 shooting of 29-year-old Melissa Mendoza. The couple was involved in a custody dispute over their then 2-year-old daughter. Roberts said at the trial the shooting was self-defense.

The Sun Journal reports that Roberts alleges in his appeal that, among other things, he was denied his due process rights, his right to a public trial and that his defense lawyer was ineffective

His previous appeal was denied in 2011.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.