A night of drinking, fighting, leads to homicide

staff reports

A Mercersburg-area man has been charged with one count of criminal homicide in the June death of 27-year-old Donald D. Clark Jr.

Kevin Harold Gryp, 27, of Mercersburg, was arrested Tuesday.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, officers were called to a residence in the 7500 block of Robinson Road, Montgomery Township, just after midnight on June 16, for a report of a domestic incident.

According to police, Gryp called Franklin County Dispatch just before midnight and told them he just killed his "brother."

Upon arrival at the home, police found Clark laying unresponsive on his back on the garage floor. Clark had visible injuries including bruising to his right eye and the right side of his jaw.

According to police, Gryp's father, Kenneth Gryp, who owned the home, was standing in the driveway when police arrived.

The elder Gryp allegedly told police his son and Clark were "hanging out" at the home and drinking vodka. He claimed he was awoken by his son, who said he needed help because he believed he killed Clark.

According to police, the elder Gryp found the victim and attempted CPR.

During further investigation, Kevin Gryp allegedly told police the two were drinking and began arguing "as usual," telling police, "it's what we do."

Gryp, police said, admitted to putting Clark in a choke hold and had planned "on putting him unconscious."

According to police, Gryp went on to explain, "Sometimes you have to put them down and make them go to sleep because they are acting like an [expletive]."

An autopsy concluded Clark had died of blunt force trauma to the neck.

Gryp is being held in Franklin County Jail without bail. He faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 4 at 8:15 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Jody Eyer.