MOUNT VERNON — Kevin Remillard was described Wednesday as a person who had “demons come out” when he was drinking.
Remillard, 49, is contesting charges of murder and tampering with evidence in a jury trial in Knox County Common Pleas Court. Remillard is charged with shooting and killing his 20-year-old cousin, Nick Remillard, June 10, 2017. Nick was found dead of a gunshot wound in a swimming pool behind the Gaskin Avenue, Gambier, home where he lived with Kevin.
Knox County Public Defender John Pyle said the shooting was an accident, the gun going off as Kevin tried to unload it.
Roy Daubenspeck, Kevin’s neighbor, testified at the start of the trial’s second day that Kevin has “a lot of” darkness in him and drinking brought it out.
“When he’s (drinking) he’s loud, obnoxious,” Daubenspeck testified. “There’s a lot of black in him, demons come out when he went into that.”
Daubenspeck said he saw Kevin twice June 10, 2017. The first time was around noon, as Daubenspeck was packing up to go on a canoeing trip. Kevin was holding a beer, Daubenspeck said. The second time was around 5 p.m. when Daubenspeck returned, and Kevin “was really hammered,” Daubenspeck testified.