The trial of a Houlton man accused of killing an Oakfield couple and setting their house on fire over three years ago has been moved to Washington County.

Aroostook County Jail
Aroostook County Jail

Thirty-five year old Matthew Davis was scheduled to go on trial in September in Houlton, but an impartial jury could not be seated from a pool of more than 100 potential jurors.  Justice E. Allen Hunter then granted the change of venue motion.

WABI-TV reports the trial will take place at Washington County Superior Court in Machias, with jury selection beginning December 1st.

Davis is accused of shooting 51-year-old Michael Kitchen, and 49-year-old Heidi Pratt in the bedroom of their home in Oakfield in the early morning of September 23, 2013.  Firefighters found the bodies when they responded to a fire at the home. They also found a truck belonging to Katahdin Forest Products on fire at the scene.

Davis allegedly stole and later abandoned a pickup belonging to the couple. Police arrested him in another stolen vehicle later that day in Island Falls.

Davis is charged with murder, arson, theft and aggravated criminal mischief.

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