Woman Charged With Manslaughter in Burnham Death

May 12, 2017

A Thorndike woman has been indicted on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 72-year-old Joyce Woods of Burnham.

On April 2, Woods called 911 to report that an intruder was in her house. Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland says Woods later died in a car in her driveway.

“A family member had come to the house before deputies and troopers arrived on the scene. She sought refuge in that vehicle, and that’s when she was stricken and died,” he says.

McCausland says the cause of death has not yet been released by the medical examiner’s office.

Tara Shibles, 36, is the only suspect in the case. In addition to manslaughter charges, she has also been indicted for aggravated criminal trespass and assault.