Fatal machete attack possibly caused by a fight over a 6-pack of beer

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

LFRED, Maine (AP) – A Maine man has denied he killed his neighbor in a brutal attack with a machete and tried to cover up the crime by hiding his victim’s body among deer carcasses.

Fifty-eight-year-old Bruce Akers pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday in connection with the slaying of 55-year-old Douglas Flint.

Authorities say the killing may have stemmed from an altercation between the men over a six-pack of beer. Family members of Flint reported him missing in June and told police about his history with Akers.

Police say search dogs uncovered Flint’s body on Akers’ three-acre property in Limington underneath several rotting deer carcasses. Flint had been nearly decapitated, and his body showed extensive trauma to his head and neck.

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