FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW M.R.CIV.P.
Allen Hunter Active Retired Justice, Superior Court
11, 2017, the court conducted a hearing on damages in
connection with the above referenced. The court makes the
following findings of fact and conclusions of law.
December 22, 2016, Matthew Davis (10/29/1980) was found
guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" by a jury of 10
criminal counts in docket number HOUSC-CR-13-137. These
charges included the crimes of Murder of Heidi Lyn Pratt and
the crime of Arson of Heidi Lyn Pratt's residence located
at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna Road, Oakfield, MB.
finding Matthew Davis guilty, the jury found that he had
"intentionally or knowingly" caused the death of
Heidi Lyn Pratt. 
February 10, 2017, Matthew Davis was sentenced to life in
prison in HOUSC-CR-13-137, 4. The crime for which Matthew
Davis was convicted by jury occurred on or about September
23, 2013, in Oakfield, ME, 5. On September 23, 2013, Heidi
Lyn Pratt was at her home located at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna Road
in Oakfield, ME.
the early morning hours, Matthew Davis entered Heidi
Pratt's residence with a firearm.
While in the residence at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna Road, Matthew
Davis shot and killed Heidi Pratt and Michael Kitchen. At
some point he also set the house on fire.
Heidi Pratt's body was found in the entry hallway of her
home. At defendant's trial for murder in HOUSC-CR-13-137,
evidence was presented that prior to being shot, Heidi Pratt
had left her bedroom where she was sleeping and went to the
entry hallway to investigate the noise created by Matthew
Davis's arrival at the home.
coroner's report, authored by Dr. Mark Flomenbaum, the
Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maine, determined
that Heidi Pratt's cause of death to be
"Exsanguination due to a gunshot wound."
Flomenbaum further testified to the details of Heidi
Pratt's death at Matthew Davis's criminal trial on
Wednesday, December 7, 2013. Dr. Flomenbaum testified that
Heidi Pratt suffered exsanguination when a high-caliber
bullet pierced her carotid artery.
Exsanguination is defined by Merriam Webster as "the
action or process of draining or losing blood." 
Flomenbaum testified that a large pool of blood was found
underneath Heidi Pratt's body. The large pool of blood
indicates that Heidi Pratt was alive, and her heart continued
to pump blood throughout her body - including to and
ultimately out the injured portion of her carotid artery.
is unclear to the court whether the period of time from the
infliction of the gunshot wound to the time when Heidi Pratt
ultimately succumbed to her injuries represents a period of
September 16, 2015, the Estate of Heidi Lyn Pratt filed a
two-count complaint with the Houlton Superior Court.
This complaint alleged in Count 1 the complaint of
"Wrongful Death M.R.S. A. 18-A §2-804(b). Count 2
of the complaint alleged "Death Following Conscious
Suffering" M.R.S.A. 18-A §2-804(c).
each of count 1 and count 2, the Plaintiff sought damages in
the amount of $500, 000 for the loss of Comfort, Society, and
Companionship, $250, 000 for punitive damages, and its costs
for professional services, costs for funeral expenses, and
whatever other relief the court deemed just and necessary.
Service of the complaint and summons was made on the
defendant on September 28, 2015. This summons set forth the
standard admonition in bold letters that the Defendant would
need to file a written answer within 20 days ...