MACHIAS – Jurors heard testimony today in the double murder trial of a Houlton man.
Matthew Davis is charged with murdering 49-year-old Heidi Pratt and 51-year-old Mike Kitchen more than three years ago.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Matthew Davis shot and killed Pratt and Kitchen September 23, 2013. They say after killing them, he burned their bodies in the the Oakfield home they shared.
Wednesday, prosecutors began trying to convince a Washington County jury the evidence supports their story.
However, the defense continually challenged whether a witness was influenced by police when he identified Davis as a man fleeing the murder scene.
Under questioning by Defense Attorney Daniel Lilley, neighbor Wiilliam Lloyd tesitifed it was possible he was swayed by an article he saw on the Bangor Daily News’ Facebook page. Plus, lloyd agreed with Lilley that a state police detective only showed him one person’s picture when asking him if Davis was the man he saw fleeing the burning home.
Lloyd and his wife, Shannon, testified they were awakened that September morning to the sound of multiple gunshots. Initially, they though the gunshots might have been a neighbor shooting skunks. After a separate volley of gunshots, though, they investigated the sounds and discovered the fire at the next-door home.
Wednesday was the first day of testimony in the trial, which is expected to last anywhere from two and a half weeks to maybe three weeks. However, if Davis is convicted he could spend the rest of his life in a prison cell.