October 11, 2013

Belfast man indicted in shooting of mother, son

Todd Gilday, 44, is accused of fatally shooting Lynn Arsenault and seriously injuring her son, Mathew Day.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

BELFAST — A Belfast man who is accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding her son has been indicted by a grand jury.

click image to enlarge

Sheriff’s deputies lead Todd Gilday into Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast on Aug. 29. Gilday was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the shooting death of Lynn Arsenault in Belfast.

Eric Russell / Staff Writer

This portrait of Lynn Arsenault, 55, of Belfast is among the items placed in a memorial her doorstep by friends and family on Sept. 3. Arsenault’s son Mathew Day was also shot and injured in the incident at the Waldo Avenue house that Arsenault owned.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

Todd Gilday, 44, was indicted on a murder charge in the death of Lynn Arsenault, 55, who was with her son, Mathew Day, 22, at their home in Belfast on Aug. 28 when Gilday allegedly went into the house and shot them with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Gilday also was indicted on charges of attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault, for allegedly shooting Day in the arm and stomach, Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said Thursday.

Police have released few details about why Gilday may have shot Arsenault and Day, other than that Gilday and Day were acquainted.

Arsenault, who was remembered lovingly by her co-workers from Bank of America at a candlelight vigil last month, died in the house from a gunshot wound to her chest and shoulder, according to an affidavit filed in support of Gilday’s arrest.

Gilday has been in custody since his arrest on the day after the shooting, when police got a tip that he had checked himself into Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport and arrested him there. He has not yet entered a plea.

Scott Dolan can be contacted at 791-6304 or at:


Twitter: @scottddolan

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)