Man charged in Mercer Co. murder

April 25, 2008 4:28:25 AM PDT
A 52-year-old man has been charged with killing a Greenville man who was found dead earlier this year. Michael Vance Matter has been arrested in the shooting death of 60-year-old Howard Urquhart.

Urquhart was reported missing in mid-January. His body was found more than a month later, when state police and others, acting on a tip, searched a wooded area in Greene Township. Urquhart had been shot in the neck.

Matter was arraigned Thursday morning and taken to the Mercer County Jail. He has been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses.

Authorities declined to discuss a possible motive for the killing or how long Matter had been a suspect. But they said Matter was found in North Carolina in a truck that belonged to Urquhart.


Information from: The Herald,