MACHIAS – A jury will decide the fate of a man accused of murdering two people in Oakfield and setting their home on fire.
The prosecution and defense both presented closing arguments Monday in the trial of Matthew Davis.
He’s accused of shooting a couple to death before setting fire to their home in 2013.
In a final effort to sway the jury the state reminded it of the criteria to convict a murderer including knowingly and intentionally committing the crimes.
Leane Zainea, Asst. Attorney General said “When you shoot someone in the neck and another person in the abdomen, it is your conscious effort to impose death or it is practically certain that death will result. And when you use an ignitable liquid such as gasoline, and pour it throughout the house and light that gasoline with perhaps a lighter, that person intends or knows that damage will occur.”
On the other hand, the defense argues that Davis had no real motive to commit the crimes.
Defense attorney Daniel Lilley stated “Why in God’s name would this man go to this residence and the other places he went and shoot mike kitchen 12 times, brutally, and shoot this poor woman once, brutally, but not as brutally as the 12 shots into Mike Kitchen, and there’s not even any evidence here that he even knows them!”
The jury will begin deliberations first thing Tuesday morning.
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