Boy, 10, held in killing of mother
HOLMESVILLE, Ohio — A 10-year-old boy suspected in his mother’s shooting death argued with her beforehand about whether to carry firewood into their home, his uncle said yesterday.
The boy, who had a gun rack mounted to his bedroom wall, has been charged with murder as a juvenile and entered the equivalent of a not guilty plea in court. His mother, Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in Big Prairie, a tiny rural town of rolling hills and fields midway between Cleveland and Columbus.
McVay’s brother, Tony Miller, said his nephew argued with his mother just before she died because he did not want to carry in the firewood.
“He had anger issues, and she overlooked those anger issues,’’ said Miller, who lives in Louisville, Ky. “It was her son. She loved him very much.’’
Four weapons were found in the boy’s bedroom after the shooting. On his bed were the .22-caliber rifle believed to be the weapon that killed his mother and a 12-gauge shotgun. On the gun rack were two more .22-caliber rifles, said Nathan Fritz, the Holmes County sheriff’s chief deputy.
Paramedics found McVay lying facedown on her living room floor, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.