PORTLAND, Maine — A judge has granted bail for a father charged with murder nearly 38 years after his son’s death.

The lawyer for 62-year-old Burton “Ben” Hagar of Farmington said he was pleased by the development but didn’t know if his client had the resources to post bail. The judge on Friday set Hagar’s bail at $10,000 in cash, or $100,000 worth of property.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2rotZnT ) reported that the judge found that Hagar wasn’t a flight risk, or a risk to commit additional crimes.

The death of 4-month-old Nathan Hagar on May 9, 1979, originally was classified as sudden infant death syndrome. New information led to the investigation being quietly reopened in 1991, and the father was charged in April.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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