Husband files wrongful death suit for Belfast murder

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The husband of a woman who was shot and killed last summer in Belfast has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the shooter, said the husband's lawyer Tuesday.

According to court records, on Aug. 28, 2013, 44-year-old Todd Gilday shot Lynn Arsenault and her son, Mathew Day, at her home on Waldo Avenue in Belfast. No clear motive has been established for the shooting that injured Day and killed Arsenault.

"The loss of Lynn Arsenault has been devastating to her husband, other family members, and her community," said James O'Connell, lawyer at Berman & Simmons. "No one should have to endure what they have gone through over the past year. This lawsuit is intended to make sure that justice is delivered in Maine's civil court system, just as it has been done in the criminal system."

Berman & Simons filed the complant last week at Waldo County Superior Court. Donald Arsenault Jr., Lynn's husband, is pursuing the case and seeks "unspecified financial compensation" for the loss of his wife and the suffering before her death.

Gilday originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. In July he changed his plea to guilty as part of a plea agreement in which he will serve 50 years, reports the Portland Press Herald. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, in front of Justice Robert Murray.


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