September 26, 2013

Houlton man charged in double slaying held without bail

Matthew Davis was in court via video conference on Wednesday to face two murder counts and other charges.

The Associated Press

HOULTON — A Houlton man charged with killing a couple in their Oakfield home then setting their house on fire has been ordered held without bail.

WABI-TV reports that Matthew Davis was in court via video conference on Wednesday to face two murder counts and other charges. He was not required to enter a plea and his court-appointed attorney did not address the charges.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Davis killed Michael Kitchen and Heidi Pratt, whose bodies were pulled from their burning home on Monday.

The 51-year-old Kitchen had been shot multiple times. The 49-year-old Pratt's cause of death remains under investigation.

Davis was arrested later in the day.

Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the slayings and the relationship between the suspect and the victims is unclear.

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