Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Public Defender John Dankovich, left, sits with defendant Kevin Remillard during the first day of Remillard’s trial for murder and tampering with evidence. Remillard is charged with the murder of his cousin, Nick, at their Gaskin Avenue home in June 2017.

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Knox County Public Defender John Dankovich, left, sits with defendant Kevin Remillard during the first day of Remillard’s trial for murder and tampering with evidence. Remillard is charged with the murder of his cousin, Nick, at their Gaskin Avenue home in June 2017. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — A defense attorney said Tuesday that the death of a 20-year-old Gambier man was an accident, not murder.

Kevin Remillard, 49, Gambier was trying to unload a .357 caliber revolver when it went off, resulting in the fatal shooting of Nick Remillard, 20, Knox County Public Defender John Pyle said.

Remillard had the revolver because he was suicidal and intended to kill himself, Pyle said, adding the gun, held by Kevin, went off once before Nick was shot, hitting a wall. The fatal shot occurred as Nick approached Kevin, telling him to stop shooting, Pyle told the jury.

Nick and Kevin are cousins, and both resided at a family-owned property on Gaskin Avenue in Gambier where the shooting took place.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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