Funeral planned Saturday for Oakfield homicide victims

Ribbons were left at the scene of a double homicide in Oakfield in tribute to the victims on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
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Ribbons were left at the scene of a double homicide in Oakfield in tribute to the victims on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Buy Photo
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 27, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.

OAKFIELD, Maine — A joint funeral service will be held Saturday for Michael Kitchen and Heidi Pratt, the local couple who were shot and killed early Monday before their home was set on fire.

Matthew Davis, 32, of Houlton, who was arrested Monday in Island Falls, has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths and remains held without bail at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. He did not enter a plea when he made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

The funeral for Kitchen, 51, and Pratt, 49, will take place at noon at the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Oakfield, with interment at Oakfield Cemetery.

The victims’ bodies were both found in the bedroom of the home they shared at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna Road, according to the affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Elmer Farren. An autopsy conducted at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta showed Kitchen died of multiple gunshot wounds, which Farren said were inflicted by a semiautomatic rifle registered to Davis. The detective said that Davis never reported the gun stolen, and it was found lying across Kitchen’s body in the burned remnants of the home. Pratt died from a gunshot wound to the neck, the medical examiner determined.

Davis has only been charged with the homicides, but is suspected of slamming the wrecker he owned into the side of a building at Katahdin Forest Products in Oakfield before setting a building there afire and stealing a Katahdin Forest pickup truck found burning at the home of Kitchen and Pratt about a mile away. He was arrested later that morning in Island Falls after a resident of Richardson Road reported finding a burning pickup truck believed to be Kitchen’s parked near a garage at a home on the southwest side of Upper Mattawamkeag Lake.

Relatives of Matthew Davis, including the grandparents who raised him, were in court for his initial court appearance. They declined to speak with reporters after the hearing on Wednesday and again refused to comment when contacted on Friday.

Mac Davis, Matthew Davis’ father, however, issued a statement on his Facebook page expressing pain and sorrow for everyone affected by the tragedies.

Davis noted that he knew Mike Kitchen, calling him a “wonderful, good man,” and that his daughter and her family once owned the house next door to Kitchen and Pratt and were friends with both.

Mac Davis also said that he has relatives in the Oakfield area, along with a seasonal home, so the family is devastated for the community members.

“Our grief and sadness for them is intense, as they are our friends and neighbors as well,” he wrote.

Thus far, police have not released a motive for the crime. Matthew Davis was a married father of two who worked as a carpenter and ran a towing business.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story inaccurately identified Mac Davis as Matthew Davis’ grandfather. He is the father of Matthew Davis.

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