SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A St. Albans man told his girlfriend, her father and police that he shot his uncle after a day of drinking, according to an affidavit released Monday after the accused man’s initial appearance on a murder charge in Skowhegan District Court.
Jeremy Erving, 24, told police that his uncle Randy Erving, 53, was his best friend and he didn’t know why he shot him at his uncle’s 50 McNally Road home, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Friday, the day of Jeremy Erving’s arrest.
Randy Erving was found dead in his bed Friday with a gunshot wound to the back of his head and a single .30-30 shell was found on the floor nearby, according to the affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Hugh Landry.
Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered that Jeremy Erving be held without bail pending a bail hearing, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6. He also said the case would be presented to the Somerset County grand jury in the near future.
Erving’s mother and girlfriend were in court where he appeared via video conference. They declined to comment.
The affidavit detailed a sequence of events that began about noon Thursday when Erving was dropped off at his uncle’s house by his girlfriend at which point he began drinking with Randy Erving, according to the affidavit.
“Jeremy stated Randy was his best friend and he goes there almost every day to drink,” Landry wrote. “Jeremy states around 6:30 or 7 p.m. Randy went to bed and he stayed up drinking. Jeremy advised he did go through the woods to his aunt’s residence and took some [alcohol] and a .30-30 rifle, then returned to Randy’s residence.”
After returning to his uncle’s house, Jeremy Erving woke the older man up to get a cigarette, according to the court document.
“Jeremy advised he drank a few more beers but does not remember much beyond this point. Jeremy advised he remembers a ‘bang’ and a barrel,” Landry wrote. “Jeremy stated the next thing he remembers was getting stopped in Dexter for OUI. Jeremy states he was driving Randy’s truck, which he would never be allowed to drive, and he had Randy’s dog and a rifle in the backseat.”
Dexter police stopped Erving for drunken driving at 12:55 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street, according to the affidavit.
The rifle was loaded, and Erving’s blood alcohol test registered 0.24, three times the legal limit of 0.08 to operate a vehicle, the affidavit states. He was arrested by Dexter police Officer Kenneth Spaulding and taken to Penobscot County Jail.
When Erving’s girlfriend and her father later picked Erving up from jail, he allegedly told them he shot his uncle in the back of the head. They drove him to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, according to the affidavit.
Erving told Deputy Chris Dyer that he thought he “shot his uncle.” Dyer and Deputy Wilfred Dodge went to the uncle’s home and confirmed his death, according to the affidavit.
“Jeremy said he does not recall saying he shot Randy in the back of the head, all he remembers is that he shot him,” Landry stated in the affidavit, referring to his interview with the suspect. “I asked, ‘So you remember you shot him?’ And Jeremy stated, ‘Well …,” and stated he was the only one there, it was pretty obvious,” Landry wrote.
Randy Erving was remembered fondly by a neighbor in St. Albans on Monday afternoon.
“It’s too bad,” neighbor Stan McLeod said while he took out his trash. “He’s been a neighbor for a good number of years. He’s been one of the best neighbors I ever had.”
McLeod said Randy Erving worked for years at Renys in Dexter until an injury several years ago left him unable to work.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said Jeremy Erving's initial appearance was in Somerset County District Court. It was in Skowhegan District Court.