Belfast man accused of murdering 55-year-old woman was mystery to neighbors

Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse Thursday afternoon. The Belfast man made his first appearance at court on the charges of intentional or knowing murder and elevated aggravated assault.
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse Thursday afternoon. The Belfast man made his first appearance at court on the charges of intentional or knowing murder and elevated aggravated assault.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 30, 2013, at 5:40 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Neighbors who lived next to the Belfast man accused of fatally shooting a woman Wednesday night said Friday that they barely knew him and that he kept to himself.

Carl Goodwin-Moore, who lives at the Springbrook condominium complex off Crocker Road, said that residents of the neighborhood are generally friendly but that 44-year-old Todd Gilday, the accused murderer, did not take part in the social activities held there. Gilday was charged Thursday with murdering Lynn Arsenault, 55, a well-liked banking professional who lived in Garland and Belfast. He also was charged with shooting Arsenault’s son, 22-year-old Mathew Day of Belfast.

“I share a condo with my 84-year-old mother. When we got there a year and a half ago, people came out and were welcoming us, introducing themselves to us,” Goodwin-Moore said Friday. “People tend to know each other there, if folks want to know each other. I never knew this guy existed.”

Goodwin-Moore said that he had seen Gilday’s car parked at the complex once or twice.

At his initial court appearance Thursday, Gilday was charged with murder and with elevated aggravated assault for causing serious injury to Day. If convicted of murder, he would serve 25 years to life.

Maine State Police searched Gilday’s residence Thursday, looking for evidence, and impounded his car. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday that he did not have a list of what, if anything, had been taken from the home and that further information about the investigation would be released through court actions.

Gilday, who described himself as a financial and insurance professional, now is at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He made his initial appearance to hear the charges against him late Thursday afternoon at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast, and will learn if the state allows him bail after a hearing to be held sometime in the next week.

Angela and Joseph Mitchell, who live next door to the Waldo Avenue home where the shooting took place, said that they spent a troubled night Wednesday after hearing an argument escalate at the house where Day lives. Police said that Arsenault stayed at the home when she was working at Bank of America in Belfast. The credit card applications supervisor had worked at that company for a decade.

Joseph Mitchell called police to report a shooting, and then learned that Arsenault, who formerly had been known as Lynn Day, had been killed. The Mitchells were horrified about Arsenault’s murder but did not seem shocked that matters had gotten out of hand next door. The Mitchells described the residence as a “drug house.”

Angela Mitchell said that Arsenault was concerned about her children.

“She was always worried about her son because of the path he was on,” she said.

According to a police affidavit filed Thursday, Detective Ryan Brockway of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit wrote that John Riley, Day’s roommate, told police a man had pushed his way into the house late Wednesday night. Riley said that the man shot Arsenault and said that he would “kill everyone in the [expletive] house,” Brockway wrote.

When police arrived, Day was lying across his mother, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest that punctured her lung. He was shot in the arm and stomach with birdshot, and told police that Todd Gilday had shot him but that he did not know why.

Day was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter. Police said Thursday that he was in stable condition. A hospital official said Friday that she had no information about Day.

Gilday’s Twitter feed and LinkedIn profile stated that he worked as a tax examiner for Maine Revenue Services and owned Spinnaker Financial LLC. He said online that he was educated at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the University of Phoenix and Rutgers University. The background image Gilday used for his Twitter account is a drawing of a man burning a $20 bill.

According to David Heidrich of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Gilday began working for the state in May and had been terminated by the end of July, after his probationary period. He said he could not share any more information about why Gilday was fired by the state.

A woman who works at Spinnaker Financial Advisors LLC, an Idaho firm, said that she had no record of Gilday having any affiliation with that company. Karen Lowell, chief operating officer at Spinnaker Trust in Portland, said Friday that her company has no affiliation with a firm of a similar name located anywhere else in Maine and that she had never heard of Gilday before Thursday.

Efforts on Friday to verify his educational history were unsuccessful.

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