VERO BEACH, Fla. — Michael Gray had opened his doors to Timothy Gochenour, assisting the previously homeless man get back on his feet. But Gochenour had a bad reputation according to TV station WBPF and a woman who used to camp with him referred to him as, ‘demonic.’ Others had concerns about the living arrangement.
Those concerns were met with a chilling conclusion on Friday after Gochenour was arrested for allegedly killing Gray. He reportedly gave him a milkshake laced with a lethal amount of prescription drugs.
Suspicion into Gray’s well-being was prompted when his wife hadn’t heard from him in 36 hours. She was out of town and called police to request a check of his welfare. When officers arrived at the home, Gochenour answered the door. He told officers that Gray was at a bar, but was noticeably nervous according to WPBF.
“(The deputies) asked if they could take a look inside,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said. “Gochenour made a spontaneous statement that said, ‘Well, if you come in you might as well arrest me.'”
Officers made entry into the home and found Gray’s body wrapped in bed sheets and also found evidence that indicated Gochenour had plans to dispose of it. Sheriff Loar told reporters it appeared the motive for the crime was an argument over rent and personal issues the two had in the days leading up to Gray’s death.
The woman who referred to Gochenour as ‘demonic’ said she was upset that she had introduced the two to each other, but didn’t think that anything this drastic was going to happen.
“He was heavy into a lot of horrid, evil things,” Kathryn Chinn told WPBF. “I really thought (Gochenour) was going to change, but he didn’t. I never thought Timothy would go this far.”
Gochenour’s first court appearance was set for Monday morning, online court records note a variety of felony weapons charges but don’t list a formal murder charge yet.