DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A local man who was indicted on a charge of murdering his older sister in October pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday in Dover-Foxcroft court.
Michael Toby, 53, who was shackled at the ankles and wearing street clothing and a pair of new white sneakers, appeared before Judge Kevin Stitham at the Piscataquis County Superior Court hearing held in 13th District Court.
Toby, who had been living with his sister Rosalie Shedd, 70, at Riverview Apartments, allegedly told police after the Oct. 22 killing that he got into a fight with Shedd, struck her repeatedly on the head with a piece of wood, strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord and put a plastic bag over her head.
Police said Shedd’s daughter Melanie Eastman found the body when she went to check on her mother Thursday afternoon.
Toby, whose only previous criminal history had been a charge of criminal trespass in 1977, reportedly had lived in the Lewiston area until he lost his job. In July, he moved to Dover-Foxcroft and lived in a camper off Burrough’s Road. When it became too cold, he moved in with his sister, according to police.
Attorney Chris Smith is representing Toby and Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson is representing the state.
Stitham provided both parties 60 days to file any motions and ordered that Toby continue to be held without bail.