For Immediate Release - March 31, 2008

Commonwealth v. Paul P. DuBois Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Conviction of Man Who Murdered DSS Worker

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that the Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the conviction of Paul P. DuBois, 44, formerly of North Eastham, for the murder of Department of Social Services Social Worker Linda Silva on September 12, 1996, in Provincetown. At trial the Commonwealth alleged that DuBois was angry at Silva and blamed her for his loss of custody of his children. Silva had testified for the Department of Social Services during a Probate Court hearing that resulted in DuBois losing custody.

Silva was killed by a single shot to the back of her head, near her car in a parking lot in Provincetown. The Provincetown Police and State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office investigated the case for six years, ultimately leading to DuBois' arrest in June, 2003 in Missouri.

Dubois was convicted of murder in the first degree by deliberate premeditation after a week-long trial in September, 2004. The conviction carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

The case was tried by First Assistant District Attorney Brian S. Glenny. The appeal was handled by Assistant District Attorney Julia K. Holler.