ASHEVILLE – An Arden man charged with shooting his next-door neighbors repeatedly during a dispute last year pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, Assistant District Attorney Chris Hess said Wednesday.
Erwin Lynn Jarvis, 60, was sentenced this week in Buncombe County Superior Court to 32-40 years in prison in the deaths of Robert and Genise Matheson.
The shooting happened Sept. 30, 2013, although the tension between the neighbors on Birch Lane had been festering for some time. Jarvis said he “snapped,” Hess said.
Erwin Lynn Jarvis shot and killed Robert Jesse Matheson III, 54, and his wife, Genise Miller Matheson, 50, in a driveway on Birch Lane.
Jarvis was walking his dogs on Sept. 30, 2013, when he and Genise Matheson got into a confrontation. Investigators said that Jarvis and the Mathesons had been involved in a dispute over a trash can before the shooting.
Police say Robert Jesse Matheson III, 54, and Genise Miller Matheson, 50, were found dead from gunshot wounds at their home at 147 Birch Lane around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.
APD investigators say their 12-year old son was inside the home at the time of the shooting, but wasn’t harmed. The boy is in the care of the Department of Social Services.