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Texan Enters Innocent Pleas Related to Break-In at Stephen King’s Home

May 13, 1991

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ A 26-year-old Texas man pleaded innocent at an arraignment Monday to charges that he broke into the home of horror writer Stephen King.

Erik Keene of San Antonio pleaded innocent in Penobscot County Superior Court to a charge of burglary.

He also pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge that he terrorized King’s wife, Tabitha, during the April 20 break-in.

Keene was arrested after he broke a window and entered King’s Bangor home carrying a phony bomb.

Mark Perry, Keene’s court-appointed attorney, said the defendant believes King’s best-selling novel ″Misery″ was based on the life of Keene’s aunt, Genene Jones, a convicted baby-killer serving a 99-year sentence in Texas.

Perry said Keene told him he had written a sequel to the book and had been trying unsuccessfully to persuade King to help get it published.

Keene was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which is expected to be completed in a few weeks.

If Keene is declared unfit to stand trial, he probably would be placed in the Bangor Mental Health Institute, Perry said.

Keene is wanted for a parole violation in Texas, where he was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 worth of property in 1987, authorities have said.