MOUNT VERNON — The lean, unkempt man walked into the Knox County Public Defender’s office Wednesday a few minutes before 4 p.m. and said he had a legal problem.
He identified himself as Kevin Remillard, the man named as a suspect Sunday in the murder of his cousin, Nick “Remi” Remillard, 20.
Accompanied by Knox County Public Defender John Pyle, Kevin, 48, turned himself in at the Mount Vernon Police Department a short time later.
Speaking with the News, Pyle said Kevin came in to the office and said “he had a legal problem … he wanted to talk.”
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
“He said he needed medical attention but he did not want to talk to police,” Pyle said. “I told him, we’ve got to get you turned in.”
Pyle said he walked Kevin the half-block from the public defender’s office to the police department. Kevin turned himself in at the lobby window.
Pyle is representing Kevin as legal counsel and declined to answer questions about Kevin’s demeanor, or whether or not he was armed at the time.
Kevin was transported to Knox Community Hospital by the Mount Vernon Fire Department from the MVPD office in police custody before being taken to the Knox County Jail. Kevin is being held without bond on a warrant for murder.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said additional charges are possible, and that any charges will be brought through the grand jury.
Kevin eluded law enforcement for three days. Searches for Kevin were carried out in the Gambier/Howard area by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nick was found dead in a swimming pool Sunday at his 400 block Gaskin Avenue residence, where Kevin also lived. Nick had been fatally shot in the left cheek, according to preliminary autopsy findings.
Kevin was identified as a suspect in Nick’s death Sunday. A note was found in Kevin’s room, in which he wrote that he had killed someone named Nick, according to sheriff’s reports.
Deputies were dispatched to the home at 12:30 p.m. Sunday after a note believed to have been written by Kevin was left in a neighbor’s driveway. The note writer describes “lack of sleep” and “constant pain” and said he “snapped.” Blood was found inside the home, leading officers to begin an investigation, and Nick’s body was located in the pool at 8:45 p.m.
Attempts by the News to contact Sheriff David Shaffer since Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.