SKOWHEGAN – A man accused of killing his uncle remained in the Somerset County Jail Monday night.
Friday afternoon, Jeremy Erving, 24, St. Albans, was arrested and chared with murdering Randy Erving, 53, St. Albans. Monday morning, the younger Erving made his first court appearance.
Court documents released Monday, stated Jeremy Erving considered Randy Erving his best friend.
An affidavit detailed the events beginning Thursday leading up to Erving’s arrest Friday afternoon. Jeremy Erving told a state police detective he arrived at his uncle’s McNally Road home around noon Thursday. That’s when the nephew and the uncle started drinking, which was a common occurrence for them. It was around 7 p.m., Thursday, when Randy Erving decided to go to bed and Jeremy Erving stayed up to continue drinking.
“Jeremy advised he drank a few more beers but does not remember much beyond this point,” according to the affidavit. However, the detective stated, Jeremy remembered a “bang.” After the bang, Jeremy Erving’s night was somewhat of a blur, according to the court document.
Around 1 a.m., Friday, Dexter police arrested Jeremy Erving for OUI. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. When he was arrested on the drunken driving charge he was driving his uncle’s truck, which had a :30-:30 rifle in the back seat. The rifle matched a blank cartridge found on Randy Erving’s bedroom floor. The uncle’s body was found in the bedroom.
After he was released from jail on the OUI charge, Jeremy Erving turned himself into the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
Sunday, Chief Medical Examiner Mark Flomenbaum conducted an autopsy on Randy Erving and determined he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
District Court Judge Charles Laverdiere scheduled a bail hearing for Jeremy Erving for May 6, 2016.