SPOKANE, Wash. -- Jeremy McVicker, 19, faced a judge in Spokane on Wednesday for the shooting death and attempted dismemberment of 19-year-old Dylan Heinen.
An autopsy revealed that Heinen died from a single gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday morning. Court documents also showed that McVicker tried to dismember Heinen’s body. The Spokane County Medical Examiner counted 40 cuts to the back of Heinen’s head and neck.
Police found McVicker and the victim’s body on Tuesday morning inside a house along the 4800 block of North Lincoln in Spokane.
Police said a witness called 911 to report one of his friends shot another friend. Officers told KREM 2 News that they arrived at the house to find McVicker covered in blood. Authorities arrested him on the spot.
Court documents described a bloody scene at the house. Officers followed bloody footprints into the basement and found Heinen's body. A witness, Dillion Thiemen, told police that McVicker fired one round at Heinen's face. Investigators searched the house and found the murder weapon at the scene.
McVicker originally told detectives that Heinen shot himself. Later, the suspect admitted that his gun unintentionally fired while he was playing with it. McVicker claimed that he did not know the gun was loaded according to court documents. Detectives believe McVicker immediately tried to destroy the evidence. Thieman said McVicker used a hatchet to cut up the victim’s body.
"It's such a foreign concept to us, not only to accidentally shoot your friend, but then go through the exercise of dismembering them with a hatchet. It's very tragic," said Ofc. Jennifer DeRuwe with the Spokane Police Department.
Prosecutors charged McVicker with first-degree manslaughter. He returns to court February 12th of an arraignment hearing. A judge set McVicker's bail at $1,000,000.