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Watson man indicted on charges that he killed his son

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LOWVILLE — A town of Watson man has been indicted on charges that he killed his son last month with a shotgun.

Lyle F. Davoy Sr., 56, was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm, according to a grand jury indictment filed last week in the Lewis County clerk’s office.

He is to be arraigned on the charges Friday morning in Lewis County Court.

Davoy was accused of shooting his son, Lyle F. Davoy Jr., 29, in the upper torso with a 20-gauge shotgun on the night of May 13 outside a Stillwater Road residence, causing the young Mr. Davoy’s death.

Before the incident, the father and son had argued, and the younger Mr. Davoy was shot outside after exiting the relatively remote residence in the western portion of the Adirondack Park, officials have said.

A pair of notices denoting the “substance” of statements allegedly given to police by Davoy were filed with the indictment.

“12-gauge on dresser. .35 caliber in bedroom. .50 caliber in the corner. Duffel bag of ammo in there with it,” he reportedly told Dale W. Roberts, senior investigator with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, on May 13. “I should have used a club. I dropped that as soon as I did it.”

Then, on May 14, he reportedly told Deputy Lee M. Todeschini: “It wasn’t bird shot that I used. It was number 2 shot. If that matters. Oops, I should probably keep my mouth shut.”

The death was ruled a homicide by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Lewis County coroner’s physician, following an autopsy conducted at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville. Dr. Livingstone determined the cause of death was extensive bleeding stemming from a single gunshot wound.

Estranged from his father for most of his life, the younger Mr. Davoy was raised by his mother and stepfather in Virginia, family members have said. However, he relocated to Lewis County a couple of years ago, reconnected with his father and had been living in the Stillwater Road residence with him since December, they said.

Davoy is being represented by the county’s public defender group, Lewis Defenders PLLC. He continues to be held without bail at Lewis County jail.

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