September 5, 2013

Vigil for slain Maine mother Friday

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

BELFAST – Friends and family members of Lynn Arsenault, who was killed last week in Belfast, will hold a candlelight vigil to celebrate her life at 7 p.m. Friday at Belfast City Park, 85 Northport Ave. in Belfast.

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This portrait of Lynn Arsenault was among the items in a memorial at her doorstep on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Police have charged Todd Gilday, 44, with her murder. Arsenault's son Mathew Day was also shot and injured in the incident at the Waldo Avenue house that Arsenault owned.

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Arsenault, 55, was fatally shot in the arm and stomach, and her son, Mathew Day, 22, was seriously injured in a shotgun attack at their home at 162 Waldo Ave. on Aug. 28. He was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for life-threatening injuries. The hospital could not say whether Day was still there.

Todd Gilday, 44, also of Belfast, has been charged with one count of murder and one felony count of elevated aggravated assault.

Police have not disclosed a motive but confirmed that Gilday and Day knew each other.

Gilday's newly hired attorney, Philip Cohen, said that he has filed a motion to postpone a court hearing set for Friday to determine whether his client can continue being held without bail. Cohen said he expects the hearing to be rescheduled for sometime in the next two weeks.

Gilday has been in custody since his initial appearance in Waldo County Superior Court last week.

Police have said that Gilday went to the single-family home late Wednesday and, after arguing with someone there, shot Arsenault and Day.


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


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