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Murder in Milford: A Six-Year Investigation

A look inside the details that led to the arrest of Matthew Pugh for the murder of Alexandra Ducsay in 2006.

 

Following Wednesday's , a detailed, 11-page report has been released by the State of Connecticut Superior Court outlining the six-year journey that led to Pugh's arrest.

During Their Relationship

According to Linda Ducsay, Alexandra's mother, Alexandra Ducsay and Matthew Pugh had been boyfriend and girlfriend for a considerable period of time starting when Alexandra was 16-years-old.

During their relationship, Matthew was sent to prison for an extended period of time. Alexandra and Matthew's relationship ended while Matthew was in prison. The break-up was not amicable.

Linda told police that since their breakup, Matthew Pugh would regularly harass and threaten Alexandra.

'I Will Make Your Life a Living Hell'

In a letter written from prison, Matthew Pugh threatened Alexandra, writing "Maybe you need to get your [expletive] kicked…you're gonna regret you ever met me…I will make your life a living hell."

Alexandra Pugh cited this and other letters in a written complaint filed dated January 23, 2004 with the CT DOC.

Matthew Pugh's Cousin

Matthew Pugh's cousin, Anthony Pugh, told the Milford Police Department on June 19th, 2008 that in 2005, Matthew talked about plans to kill Alexandra. 

Anthony Pugh also said that Matthew told him that he (Matthew) used to sit outside of Alexandra's house, watching to see where she was going and with whom, doing this at least once a week.

May 19th, 2006

In addition to DNA evidence linking Pugh to the Ducsay residence on the day of the murder, examination of the calls made by Pugh's cell phone at 11:47 a.m. and 12:07 p.m. on May 19th indicate that Pugh's cell phone was in the section of Milford that includes the victim's residence during the time that Police believe she was murdered.

During questioning, Pugh told police that he was not in Milford at any time on May 19th, 2006.

Testimony by Pugh's wife, Charise Pugh, and his stepdaughter, Chamira Trotman, conflict with Pugh's alibis for the day of the murder.

September 5th, 2012

"It's been a long and painful process," said Matthew Ducsay, the 34-year-old brother of Alexandra Ducsay after Pugh was arraigned at Milford Superior Court on Wednesday.

Matthew Ducsay noted that his family has been in continuous touch with Police over these six years. "We never lost faith," he said.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Milford Police Station, Milford Police Chief Keith L. Mello noted that this was the "start of a long process."

"It's been a very difficult time for the Ducsay family," Chief Mello added. "I'm proud of our officers."

Despite the fact that this investigation has been part of a 'Cold Case' unit, Chief Mello was quite adament as he spoke of the hard work done by the Police over these six years, saying, "This case was never cold."

RONALD M GOLDWYN September 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Once again the Milford Police have caught their man. It reminds me of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with a similar reputation. It make me feel safe living in Milford with such a fine Police Department.
Kokopop September 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Thanks to the Milford PD, the family can now have some closer. Best of luck to them!
Rich September 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM
That's exactly what I was thinking as I read this article. I was like " this reminds me of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police" and then I was like "no way" when I saw your comment. Funny...
Kathy Hart-Jones September 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Once again, Milford Patch leads a story with a misleading headline!!! Enough already.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hi Kathy: I would love to correct any falsehoods within the headline. Which element were you referring to?
Ryan Sartor (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Shelley Holly Moyher: "yes....so unusual for Milford. Glad he was caught. Hopefully, the family will have closure now." Dave Leson: "He's human trash. No wait... INHUMAN trash." Lori G. Chaisson: "Yes it was a shock to all of us in Milford...and the other female down off of East Broadway.." Carol Ciongoli: "Someone was killed off of E. Broadway? What part, I used to live on different parts of that road, years ago. You don't hear about a murder in Milford very often, so glad they caught the yes"inhuman" that did it. Lets see how hard he tries to get out of it & the lawyer that tryes to help him." Shelley Holly Moyher: "I'm sure the family knows...they were all in court yesterday." - Comments left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch?ref=hl
Rich September 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The headline looks fine to me. Oh wait...there is an unnecessary hyphen between six and year. That must be it.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Kathy, please enlighten us as to the error. As for me, it is my belief that it is the police that captures the criminal and supplies the DA with their evidence. It is then up to the ADA to use that material and make a case that is beyond all doubt. I believe in our legal system that protects the accused until proven guilty. Who knows if one day you might be falsely charged with a crime.
MikeS September 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM
While I think it's appropriate to highlight the success here in bringing this case to a conviction, I think it's also reasonable to point out that somewhere along the way, the victim was badly let down by some element(s) of the criminal justice system. What I mean by that is, according to the information laid out in this article, there was a veritable orgy of evidence/warning signs/bad omens leading up to the commission of this crime. There were threatening letters sent from prison, stalking, a pattern of prior harassment, but yet somehow not enough was done to avert this crime. I'm not sure who would be most accountable for a lack of earlier intervention, whether it's the DOC, the Milford police (where the victim lived) or the police in the town the criminal lived. However it is sliced, someone should explain how there wasn't more done to protect the life of this young woman when there was overwhelming proof that the victim was in grave danger. Just remember that while we spike the ball now, and it is appropriate to dole out some level of praise here for the legal system in ultimately convicting this man, the victim has been dead going on 6 years now when all signs seem to indicate that this was an abundantly preventable incident.
Ketty BoricuaBeauty Garcia November 13, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Enlighten me please as I read the article it baffles me that the parents will let their daughter a 16 yr old date a 30 yr old. No one saw it then hmmmmm it makes me wonder! It started with the parents not protecting her. Now everyone wants to attack him like it was all his fault. I wish people would take responsibility for their part in this madness! I am glad that he is caught so he can deal with his consequences and demons! Remember God is in control of it all! God has the last say so!

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