NC couple killed over apparent trash bin dispute

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A shooting near Asheville that left a couple dead apparently stemmed from an ongoing dispute over a city-used trash bin, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

On Monday afternoon, neighbors called 911 after hearing 8-10 gunshots.  Police told the paper Erwin Lynn Jarvis, 59, gunned down his neighbors Robert Matheson, 54, and Genise Matheson, 50 as they stood in their driveway late Monday afternoon.

The Mathesons’ 12-year-old son was inside the house when the shootings occurred and was unharmed, Romick said.

Jarvis was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Neighbors told the paper a feud had been going on “at least three years.”

According to one neighbor, the Mathesons had moved to South Carolina for a period of time, leaving their Arden home unoccupied. While they were gone, Jarvis began using the Matheson’s city-issued rollout trash container, Jackson said.

When the Mathesons moved back into their Arden home, they found out about the trash bin and became upset.

Read more: Asheville Citizen-Times


  • MJBurton56

    When they say the 12-year-old was inside and therefore “unharmed”, nothing could be further from the truth … he will be traumatized for the rest of his life. But let’s get more guns into the hands of every citizen so more incidents like this can become the norm!!!! >:(

    • Joust

      Nice. Use a tragic event as this to push your anti-gun beliefs. If he had stabbed both of them, would you be whining about banning knives??? Dope.

    • Ken

      Yes because then the murderer could just use a large knife, swords, bats, bricks, cars, etc. to do the deed but at least it wouldn’t be a evil gun.

  • Monica Renee

    That was very stupid of him to kill his neighbors over, the use of a city trash can and leaving their 12 year old without a mother or farther. They definitely need to lock him up and throw away the key. May God be with that little boy and, help him through this difficult time in his life.

  • Mark Stabler

    Don’t lock him up and throw away the key, put him to death and spare the taxpayers the $35,000.00 to $45,000.00 it will cost to keep in prison each year for the rest of his life.

  • David Hedgecock

    What a sad story that 2 citizens lost their lives over a garbage can usage. But for a man to be so brazen and heartless that he murders his neighbors over their complaint of his use of their trash can;;says volumes about where we are in this country.

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