Murder suspect pleads for co-defendant, ‘grandson’ to be released

Police arrested a second man for the murder of Matthew Shevlin, who, according to court documents admitted to the murder and pleaded with police to release the first suspect who he raised as his own grandson.

Eugene Sherman was arrested on April 24 in connection to the murder of Shevlin, 37. The first suspect, 18-year old David Davalier Harvey, was arrested on Jan. 23 in what police believed to be a “home-invasion burglary of a targeted residence.”

During Harvey’s interviews with detectives he was permitted to make several phone calls. In one of the calls, Harvey referred to the person on the other line with the nickname “Billy,” a then-unknown alias for Sherman. While on the phone, Harvey and Sherman talked about being with one of the case’s witnesses. Following this, witness identified “Billy” as Eugene Sherman.

When police went to Sherman’s address they brought him in for interviews and investigation. According to the charging documents, during an interview on April 8 Sherman told detectives that he committed the murder and orchestrated the entire thing. He concluded the confession pleading the police to release his “grandson,” Harvey. Harvey was found at the scene of Shevlin’s murder with a loaded gun and a mason jar of marijuana, similar to those found inside Shevlin’s apartment. 

After reviewing phone Sherman’s cell phone records during the night of the homicide they found no communication between his and Harvey’s cell phone, but there is suspicion that Sherman took part in planning the robbery and could have aided in the entry into a secured building. Those acts led to the first-degree murder charge.

Sherman appeared at court for the first time for his presentment on April 25. He is currently being held without bail and has been scheduled to reappear for a preliminary hearing on May 13.

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