Grandson charged with murder, arson in death of Old Orchard Beach grandmother

Posted Oct. 27, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 29, 2012, at 9:08 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday evening in connection with the death of his grandmother in her Old Orchard Beach home earlier this week, then setting fire to her house, according to Maine State Police.

Derek Poulin of Old Orchard Beach was charged with murder and arson, according to police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Patricia Noel, 62, was found dead Tuesday inside her Wesley Street home following a fire, according to previously published reports. Her death has been under investigation since then, according to police.

The cause of her death was not released Saturday. It is expected to be released after Poulin’s first court appearance in York County Superior Court early this week, McCausland said.

Poulin was arrested about 5 p.m Saturday at his mother’s Brighton Avenue home in Portland, McCausland said. The 23-year-old was arrested “after detectives got lab results from the state police crime lab after analyzing evidence from the scene,” the spokesman said.

Poulin and his father lived with Noel before she was killed and the house was set ablaze, according to police.

Poulin is being held without bail at the York County Jail.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. Patricia Noel’s home is on Wesley Street in Old Orchard Beach, not Brighton Avenue.

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