State Police have charged a Houlton man with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of an Oakfield couple early Monday morning inside their home. Detectives informed 32 year old Matthew Davis of the charges this morning at the State Police barracks in Houlton, where Davis had been transported for questioning from the Aroostook County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest Monday. The decision to file murder charges was made by the Attorney General’s Office.
Dead are 51 year old Michael Kitchen and the second victim is presumed to be 49 year old Heidi Pratt. An autopsy conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta showed Kitchen died from multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy on Pratt is scheduled for Wednesday and a positive ID is pending additional work by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Kitchen worked as an automotive mechanic at a garage in Houlton. At this point in the investigation, there is no known connection between the couple and Davis, who works as a carpenter. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also says Davis is the suspect in the three fires they are investigating, at the Oakfield home of Pratt, at the Katahdin Forest Products facility in Oakfield, and a pickup truck lit on fire near a boat launching ramp in nearby Island Falls.
Davis will appear in Aroostook Superior Court in Houlton at 11:30 Wednesday morning.