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CAMBRIDGE, Maine — A Detroit man is being held without bail in the death of his 63-year-old father, Alfred Licata.
Angelo Licata, 33, is charged with intentional or knowing murder. According to a police affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Bryant P. Jacques, Alfred Licata appeared to have suffered blunt-force trauma to the head during an incident at his home Thursday evening. A spokeswoman for the chief medical examiner’s office in Augusta said Friday afternoon that a cause of death had not yet been determined and likely wouldn’t be until next week.
Authorities went to Alfred Licata’s home at 14 Ham Hill Road, which he shares with his wife, Arlene Licata, after Arlene called 911 from a neighbor’s house. According to the affidavit written by Jacques, Arlene Licata was upstairs in the two-story home when she heard banging and yelling from downstairs. She went downstairs and “observed blood all over the kitchen,” according to the affidavit. She fled to a neighbor’s home to call police.
The neighbor told police that he went to the Licata residence to investigate and that a young man came to the door and told the neighbor not to enter the home and that Alfred Licata was not there.
Arlene Licata told police that her son Angelo had been at the home earlier in the evening but that she thought he had left after she had gone upstairs. When she ran to the neighbor’s home for assistance, however, she noticed Angelo’s car in the driveway.
Somerset County sheriff’s deputies who went to the scene found Alfred Licata’s body on the lawn.
Maine State Police Detective Christopher Tremblay later interviewed a friend of Angelo Licata in Waterville who said Angelo arrived there around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Licata was crying and upset and told him that he had killed his dad,” reads Jacques’ affidavit. Angelo Licata was arrested early Friday morning at the Waterville Police Department, where he had turned himself in. A team of detectives and evidence technicians spent most of the night at the Licata residence in Cambridge and were still at the scene early Friday afternoon.
Licata said little during his initial court appearance Friday in Skowhegan District Court, which was held by videoconference from the Somerset County Jail in East Madison. After having the charge against him explained by District Court Judge Susan Sparaco, Licata agreed to be held without bail. Sparaco scheduled a status conference for Sept. 7.
If convicted of the Class A murder charge, Licata faces a sentence of 25 years to life. Licata entered no plea to the charge and was filing paperwork for a court-appointed attorney.
According to both a neighbor and a Cambridge resident who asked not to be identified, Alfred and Arlene Licata have four sons. They have lived in their Cambridge home off and on for years and had returned there after being away within the past several weeks. The neighbor, who said he didn’t learn of the homicide until Friday morning, said Alfred Licata used various means to support himself, including selling high-end vacuum cleaners over the past few years.
A longtime Cambridge resident said she was shocked that the killing happened in her town, which is situated in southern Somerset County.
“It’s a terrible thing to happen in anybody’s town, especially here in Cambridge,” she said.