MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County judge ruled that a Gambier man charged with murder is competent to stand trial.

Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel ruled Friday that Kevin Remillard, 48, is mentally fit to stand trial on charges of murder and tampering with evidence. Kevin is charged with allegedly shooting and killing his cousin, Nick Remillard, June 11, at their residence on Gaskin Avenue, and then hiding Nick’s body in a swimming pool behind the house.

Kevin has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date has not been set.

Wetzel made the finding based on an evaluation dated July 22 of Kevin, conducted at the Knox County Jail by the District Five Forensic Diagnostic Center, Mansfield. Wetzel said the evaluation found Kevin competent, but also found “some indication of mental illness.”

Joshua Morrison/News Kevin R. Remillard, 48, has been found fit to stand trial for his involvment with the death of his cousin, Nick Remillard. On Friday, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel made the ruling based on an evalution by the District Five Forensic Center.

Warrant: Threats made against cousin months before murder

MOUNT VERNON — Murder suspect Kevin Remillard threatened to kill his cousin, Nick Remillard, multiple times in messages to a Facebook friend.

According to a search warrant filed in Mount Vernon Municipal Court, Kevin, 48, wrote messages that “contained threats to kill his cousin Nick and his crazy aunt … and that he wanted to return to Massachusetts and kill his mother.” The Facebook messages were received by a friend who knew Kevin from the time he lived in Massachusetts, and were sent between May and December of 2016.

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