Suspect in shooting, fire due in court

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2011, at 12:27 p.m.

READFIELD, Maine — A Massachusetts man accused of killing and robbing a Maine homeowner and using stolen goods to get drugs was ordered Monday to remain behind bars pending a bail hearing at a later date.

David Silva Jr., 32, was in tears when he arrived for an appearance Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. He waived extradition Friday after his arrest at his parents’ home in Carver, Mass.

Police say Silva shot 53-year-old Robert Orr, robbed him and set fire to the home in Readfield last week. Silva’s girlfriend told police that he used stolen jewelry and cash to get heroin.

“I have nothing to say, except I’m sorry,” Silva said outside the courthouse as he was led away by officers.

The victim’s family had no comment to reporters, but issued a statement after the hearing.

“Bob touched a lot of people’s hearts. They took my soul mate of 20 years,” said Janet Orr, Robert Orr’s widow. She was not at home on the night of the killing because she was providing in-home care to an elderly woman.

Silva is charged with murder, arson and robbery. Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes and Silva’s court-appointed lawyer, William Baghdoyan, said they’d be prepared for a bail hearing next week.

After the hearing, Dolores Werder of the American Legion Alfred W. Maxwell Jr. Post 40 in Winthrop said she and others saw Orr hours before the killing. She told the Kennebec Journal that he went home early on the evening of Feb. 8 because he wasn’t feeling well.

Early the next morning, firefighters were alerted to a fire at Orr’s home. It was fully engulfed by the time they arrived, and they found Orr’s remains hours later when they sifted through the debris.

Orr’s body, which was burned beyond recognition, remained in what was left of the chair Silva’s girlfriend saw him sitting in after being shot.

Lindsay Spence, Silva’s girlfriend, told police she saw Orr’s slumped body after hearing gunshots. Afterward, they fled to Massachusetts.

Janet Orr has said she and her husband took Silva and Spence in several weeks before the killing to help them get on their feet.

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