A Poughkeepsie man has been arraigned in the murder of a Greenville man found dead in his home on New Year’s Day. Our Eva McKend has more on these developments.
GREENVILLE, N.Y. -- An unthinkable tragedy to begin the new year, when State Police found Scott Myer dead in his Greenville home. Police were tipped off from some of Myer's neighbors who suspected something was wrong when they noticed no one had snow plowed the property despite several storms.
On Saturday, State Police announced they had the person they say was responsible for the murder.
"Mr. Pratt was charged with murder in the first degree. The arrest basically was an intensive investigation with numerous departments," said New York State Police Captain Joseph Tripodo.
They describe the suspect, Maurice Pratt, as a 30-year-old unemployed Poughkeepsie man who shot Myer multiple times in the head. Police believe Myer's body was in the home for several days before being discovered in the New Year.
"We believe he was dead approximately five days prior to discovering him,” said Tripodo.
"The victim in this case lived alone in a rural area of Greene County," added Catskill Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator Scott Youngblood.
Pratt was arrested at a hotel in Kingston Saturday morning and was arraigned later that afternoon. He is due back in court next week.
Officials say it appears as though Pratt and Myer knew each other. They are unsure of a motive at this time but suspect a burglary might have taken place.
"We do know that the victim and the suspect did have a prior relationship. The extent of that relationship is not totally known. We do believe that there was property stolen from the Myer residence during the course of this homicide. The actual motive other than that, we do not know," said Tripodo.
Police stress that this investigation is still ongoing. Pratt had no words for the media when he left the court house.
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