By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- A man suspected of fatally drugging his roommate is in Indian River County Jail on other charges while law enforcement investigates the homicide.
Timothy Eugene Gochenour, 41, 426 12th St. Southwest, Vero Beach, was charged with two counts of grand theft of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm, ammunition or electric device by a convicted felon. His bond amount has been set at $150,000.
On Nov. 15, law enforcement found Michael Gray, 51, deceased in a bed at his home, his body covered with blankets. Mr. Gray's wife had called law enforcement, concerned for his welfare after she had not heard from him in several days while she was out of town.
At the home, deputies made contact with the Gray's roommate, Mr. Gochenour, whom they felt was suspicious. When they interviewed him, Mr. Gochenour told investigators that he had been in an argument with Gray for several days over rent and privacy issues, a press release said.
Mr. Gochenour said that on Nov. 14, he put a large quantity of prescription medications in a milkshake and gave it to Mr. Gray with the intention of killing him, and when Mr. Gray passed out, Mr. Gochenour put him in a bed and covered him with blankets.
The medications were believed to be a combination of those belonging to both men, the press release said.
When deputies first made contact with Mr. Gochenour, he was in possession of a firearm. Mr. Gochenour is a registered sex offender and has been incarcerated several times after his initial arrest and conviction in 1997.
As of press time, Mr. Gochenour was not charged with the murder of Mr. Gray, but law enforcement were still investigating the homicide case.
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